Unfortunately, most fire academies spend a mere 8-16 hours on Search and Rescue training. Then once you are one shift it's unknown how much time your will spend on Search and Rescue training. After getting the privilege to be able to help teach for the last few years and having excellent conversations with close friends we came to the realization that there was a deficiency in the one of the most important skills that we should have.
Firefighters performing the conga line, holding onto the first persons boot like a lifeline, searching with their heads down, not using common sense, and the list goes on. We wanted to help change that and thought that it was important to review the Fundamentals and then apply them to scenarios.
We will discuss and perform Orientated Searches, Split Searches, and discuss other tools such as the TIC and Can that we can use to benefit us. VES will be reviewed as well as long as time permits. Rescue is the other large piece that must be practically evaluated. We need to work on techniques on removal and what works best for getting civilians out as quickly as possible.
The people that run the DAM FOOLS Fire Conference have hooked you up with a real treat and have obtained an acquired structure with multiple rooms for search. Our goal along with their assistance is to allow the practical application to be as real as possible. We ask that you check out their registration page and support them and all of the other great classes.