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My apologies for delay in posting the copies of the magazine articles here, we were quite busy recently teaching a few classes in Russia... Anyway, let's talk about what you can find in the November issue of the "Firefighting" magazine as it continues my series of articles on primary search. Last time we spoke about VEIS, this time the topic is conducting a primary search along the hose line.

The main point of the article is that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to try to deploy the pressurized attack line towards the seat of fire and conduct a search for civilian victims in the adjacent compartments. This is exactly why I advocate searching only along the hose line, not with it. This means that your team first needs to deploy the attack line and start applying water on the fire, and only then attempt to search for the survivors in the adjacent rooms. Any attempts to move from one compartment to another in search of the victims while advancing a heavy, pressurized hose line will inevitably lead to extremely slow searches and significant delays in applying first water on the fire.

The article says that searching along the hose line ideally requires a team of four interior firefighters. First, all four advance the attack line directly towards the seat of fire (assuming that we know the location of the fire inside), then the team leader stays with the nozzle person to fight the fire, while two remaining firefighters begin systematic advancement along the hose line towards the exit. Their job is to locate and elimitate any kinks in the attack line and search for the possible civilian victims in the vicinity of the hose.

Two such firefighters should operate on different sides of the line each and should never become physically separated from the hose. This can be accomplished by either holding the line with your toes or by using a rope or webbing attached to the line, preferably with the help of a carabineer hitch, so that the leash can slide along the hose freely.

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.

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