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Firefighter Survival: Primary Tools for Primary Search

Article and photos by David DeStefano A primary search, one of our most important fireground operations, is conducted while suppression efforts are beginning in the areas nearest the seat of the fire that are most likely to contain viable human life. We know that the primary search on the fire floor begins closest to the seat of the fire with firefighters working their way outward. Often, members performing the primary search are able to pinpoint the seat of the fire for an advancing engine company, if it is not immediately obvious. Search team members should equip themselves with a variety of primary tools that are job-specific but not so cumbersome that they will impede search efforts. ...

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