RESIDENTIAL SEARCH AND RESCUE: Methodology

03/01/2006
BY MICHAEL BRICAULTThe fire service has a romantic perception of the term “search and rescue,” but in reality, they are two very different and specific job functions that are habitually and incorrectly misused to describe a multitude of tasks. Search is the act of firefighters’ looking for something. That something may be the location of the fire, interior fire conditions, or potential victims. All of this gathered information must be reported back to the incident commander (IC). Essentially, searching firefighters are performing a reconnaissance mission for the IC.Rescue is the act of firefighters’ physically removing a victim from a dangerous environment to an ar...

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