Blue Flower

While I am working hard on making the English edition of the book ready for print, here is a table of contents so that you know what to expect:

Table of contents

0.       Introduction
1.       Definitions
1.1       Basic terms
1.2       Primary search definition
1.3       Secondary search definition
1.4       Rapid intervention search definition
1.5       Primary search problem definition
2.       Primary search culture and fundamental principles
2.1       Understanding seriousness of the endeavor
2.2       Fireground priorities
2.3       Never work alone
2.4       Never separate from the team
2.5       Expect zero visibility
2.6       Moving in zero visibility
2.7       Work only in full PPE
2.8       Proficiency of “going on air”
2.9       Primary search is navigation
2.10      Team leader is a navigator
2.11      Building a “mental map” and navigating using rules
2.12      Developing a search plan
2.13      Team size
2.14      Keeping the vertical coordinate fixed
2.15      Search order
2.16      Two means of egress
2.17      Radio communication
2.18      Primary search tools
2.19      Searching with and without a hoseline
2.20      Debriefing culture
2.21      Being real about remaining air reserves
2.22      Entering only with a full bottle
2.23      360-degree exterior size-up
2.24      Naming the building sides
2.25      Orientation pause
2.26      Ventilation as a way to speed up your search
3.       Types and tactics of primary search
3.1       Terminology
3.2       Small area search
3.2.1      Wall following as a main principle
3.2.2      Direction of search
3.2.3      Never jump the walls
3.2.4      Methods of exiting the building
3.2.5      Team size
3.2.6      Navigation algorithms     “Door” and “Room” group of algorithms     (Unusable) “Room” algorithm     “Door” algorithm     “Follow” and “Split” group of algorithms     “Follow” algorithm     “Split” algorithm
3.2.7      Searching with 2-person team
3.2.8      Searching with 3-person team     “Fork” algorithm     “Rake” algorithm
3.2.9      Which algorithm to use?
3.2.10     Working on floors without windows
3.2.11     How to get out of infinite loops
3.2.12     “Inside-out” layouts
3.2.13     How to handle incomplete coverage
3.2.14     Rapid intervention small area search
3.2.15     Primary search “battle-tongue”
3.3       Large area search
3.3.1      Laying the search line     Tying off     “Zigzag” route     “Pendulum” route
3.3.2      Searching around the search line     Parallel search pattern     Alternate search pattern
3.3.3      Optimal step size in alternate search pattern
3.3.4      Parallel or alternate search pattern?
3.3.5      Special cases of large area search
3.4       Vent-enter-isolate-search (VEIS)
3.5       Hose line search
3.6       Other types of search
3.7       Choosing the right type of search
4.       Primary search strategy
4.1       Simultaneous use of multiple search teams
4.1.1      Search team size again
4.1.2      Multi-prong attack
4.1.3      Multi-prong attack for large area search
4.1.4      Priority of the floors to search
4.2       Psychology of search command
4.2.1      Don’t keep anything in mind
4.2.2      Set yourself an alarm clock
4.2.3      Don’t rush about
4.2.4      Find yourself a cozy place
4.2.5      Remember – we didn’t start this fire
5.       Fireground survival for primary search teams
5.1       Out of air
5.2       SCBA emergency maneuvers
5.3       «What slows you down on the way in will kill you on the way out»
5.4       Search for windows and radiators
5.5       Advancing beyond the seat of fire
5.6       Don’t walk under the drop ceiling without checking above it
5.7       Moving on stairs
5.8       Using open stairs above the fire floor
5.9       To close or not to close the doors behind yourself
5.10      Team separation
5.11      Detachment during large area search
5.12      Disorientation
5.13      Flashover
5.14      Falling into the water in PPE
5.15      Places you should be concerned about
5.16      Vomiting in the mask
6.       Victim relations
6.1       Victim prioritization
6.2       When you find a victim
6.3       Victim packaging and extraction
6.4       Victim psychological support
6.5       Search and rescue of animals during the fire
6.6       Aggression towards firefighters
6.7       Role of search teams in fire prevention and education
7.       Teaching primary search
7.1       General principles
7.2       Teaching theory
7.3       Practice sessions
7.4       Combat evolutions
7.5       “Conveyor belt” game
7.6       Experimental sessions
7.7       Expectation management
8.       Future of primary search
9.       Summary
         Appendix A
         Alphabetical index