By Joe Starnes – Original post found at: https://m.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10152230919638261&id=45892463260
One operating principle that has conflicting values is the tactical search. The service values life at the highest priority for our customers and our firefighters. Our ability to keep this in prespective sometimes shifts the risk of injury and/or death to our firefighters. It will not be solved at a system level, it is applied at the department level. So once again, the Fire Chief and AHJ has the decision to make.
Searches should not be conducted (this author’s opinion) with disregard to fire dynamics and sciences. Behaviors such as acting without a hose line, operating outside the Command system, activities in non-managed active fire compartments, making decisions without thermal data, without the use of enhanced fire streams (extends the operating time), lack of structural integrity, not managing fire growth and many pending doom conditions are non acceptable behaviors.
Being professionals, implies that we are different than our neighbors responding to the same incident and have the skills plus resources with intelligence to prevent more harm and will “favorably influence the situation”.
That is the risk I accept and not the view of searching “at all cost”. Professional searches will prevent more harm than disregard to danger. Beware of instructors/
God bless you and be safe. Joe Starnes