Blue Flower

OK, we continue catching up on the articles published so far... As I was saying before, I was pretty busy starting this May, so, in addition to not posting anything on this website for a while, there was also no article in May issue of the "Firefighting" magazine. Because of that reason we jump straight to June issue in which the ninth article of my series on primary search came out.

June's article started a sub-series on the tricks that can use to make searching small area layouts safer and more efficient. The first article in this sub-series discusses why every firefighter should seriously consider using the search line in every primary search, including small area searches.

Many firefighters only think of the search rope when presented with the large area search scenarios, however, the sad truth is that we are becoming disoriented in zero visibility even in small area layouts, and some LODD and near-miss case studies show that this can happen as close as 10 feet from the exit. Because of that reason I advocate using a search rope in every primary search scenario, although the technique for laying the rope in small area layouts is modified, and this is what this article discusses.

Specifically, in small area search you should lay the rope passively on the way in, working as if you don't have the rope at all and use it as a return guide only in case of disorientation. This way the rope will not slow down your work at all.

If you can't read Russian, you can find similar information in this training video in English. In addition, you should check out this video and the follow-up article that describe how to prepare the rope bag that will work reliably for passive lay in small area searches and will not burden you.

However, if you do understand Russian, you can either download and save a copy of the article in PDF format or you can view it right here on this page.

Download a copy of the article in PDF format