Blue Flower

In the Part 1 of this series we have learned how to use the simplest and most reliable navigation algorithm for searching an unknown small area layout in zero visibility with a team of two firefighters – "Door" + "Follow" . In this second part of the series we will take a second look at the same algorithm, but this time as applied to the team in which one of the members has limited interior experience. We will learn what measures the team leader should take to keep the search safe.

If you have not watched Part 1, stop now and watch that video first, it is available here!

From the previous video lesson you should remember that the "Door" + "Follow" is the only algorithm that should be used when one of your team members has limited experience as it is the simplest of all algorithms for small area searches and always keeps the partner close to the team leader.

When used with a less experienced member on the team, essentially the algorithm does not change, the only difference is that the more experienced team leader must slow down and take measures to keep less experienced partner safe and well-directed. You will learn about these simple measures when you watch the video.

As in the previous video, both team members work in zero visibility thanks to fully obscured masks, so there is no cheating. In my method of primary search training I make no distinction between veterans and probies, everyone goes inside completely blindfolded, which includes myself too. Often in the fire service we try to be "nice" to our probationary members by allowing them to train in full visibility so that they don't "freak out". The way I see it, we are not helping them at all when we do that. They will first get used to the convenience of full visibility (often developing a baseless confidence in their skills and a dangerous illusion that "the primary search is nothing difficult") and then will have to reluctantly learn again to overcome what they will perceive as a hardship of zero visibility. In my method I give the probies the only operational mode – zero visibility. And I guide them every step of the way so that they don't "freak out". This way they develop correct habits from the very beginning.

So click on the video to watch this Part 2 lesson and see how you can improve your small area search performance when operating with less experienced partner! I recommend that you watch this video in full-screen mode to catch important details. To do that, press a "Full screen" button in the lower right corner of the video once it is playing.

Next: Small area primary search, part 3: Two-person team and the "Door"+"Split" algorithm (video)