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Oriented Vent-Enter-Search for Small Departments

BY JOSEPH PRONESTI Much has been written on the benefits and techniques of conducting vent-enter-search (VES). All firefighters have to do is put this acronym into their favorite Internet search engine and they can spend hours reviewing articles and videos pertaining to this tactic. Many of these articles and videos, however, focus on conducting VES using a single searcher only; this method presents several hazards to the untrained or to those who infrequently perform this operation, which is the case for most small departments. This article applies the lessons and strategies of interior oriented search to the exterior or VES tactic in which small departments can train and use when condit...

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