When Primary Searches Kill

Many primary searches are necessary, however far too many are tragically unnecessary.


The first seconds on the scene of a working structure fire are always critical. This is because the officer must always make a life or death rescue decision. This decision regulates the degree of risk that firefighters may be exposed to. If a confirmed search is needed, the operation will be in...


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Note: This article implements The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Life Safety Initiatives 3. Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities and 8. Utilize available technology (cell phones and reliable portable radios) whenever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.

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WILLIAM R. MORA, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is a Captain in the firefighting division of the San Antonio, TX, Fire Department. William has done extensive research on the topic of firefighter disorientation including the analysis of 444 structural firefighter fatalities and is the author of the United States Firefighter Disorientation Study 1979-2001. You can reach William by e-mail at capmora@aol.com.