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BY DAVID RHODESToo often, our search train- ing ends with the through-the-front-door, right- and left-hand search that we all learned in recruit school or a basic firefighter program. Although this is a very safe search, it may not be the most effective one given conditions. We rely on experienced crew members to know what to do, where to go, and how to search in the real world. The insufficient staffing levels in many departments have led to delays in conducting interior searches as more emphasis is placed on using the available resources to attack the fire. Simply put, we are often incapable of accomplishing more than one task at a time because of a lack of staffing.One of the first thi...

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