• Depending on conditions, enter by
straddling the window or use bel-ly-down techniques.
• Control your tools.
• Use tools to extend yourself from the
windowsill into the room.
• Leave tools at the window on an angle
to help your return to the window in
• Quickly get to the door of the room to
control the door.
• If conditions permit, search just beyond
the door into the immediate hallway.
• Close the door to the room and begin a
• If a victim is located, communicate
this to your partner and the IC.
• Call for additional help.
• If no victims are present, leave the
room by the window you came
through onto the ladder and then to
• Rotate the ladder against the building
to the next window and repeat the
It is important to focus on ventilating
a window to access a floor above. Communicate with fire companies advancing
a line for extinguishment, and coordinate search line advancement. Venting
an upper-floor window may provide
some lift and heat release for advancing
hoselines, but it may also draw heat and
fire to the vented window. A judicious
decision process must be made in a very
fast-paced dynamic environment when
lives are in the balance.
Searching in basement fires is nothing short of treacherous if attempted
without a hoseline and water application before descending the basement
stairs. These fires and the search for
occupants in these areas must be
addressed much differently than other
coordinated behaviors on the fireground
at structural fires. It is next to impossible for searching rescuers to expect
positive outcomes when we have few
options regarding the intense fire flow
( 14) When searching furniture such as couches and large beds, be sure to get on them and sweep when possible, and be sure to leave your tool secured
on the floor. ( 15) When discovering cribs, try to angle the crib downward to allow the infant or toddler to roll toward your grasp to avoid standing in
heat and smoke conditions and exposing the victim and yourself.