VES: Ventilate, Enter & Search

You probably read and hear lots of fire service instructors talk about “VES” all the time. VES – ventilate, enter and search – is a major function of any fire department that conducts interior structural firefighting. Sounds pretty simple too...


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Your search routine here should include all of the standard search skills such as keeping contact and/or awareness of the wall, locating and venting additional windows, locating, identifying and remembering each piece of furniture for the purpose of staying oriented, and sweeping under, around and on top of couches, beds and chairs. When your search is complete, get back to that door and open it before you exit. This action will assist in the ventilation of the building through this room once you have exited the window.

Vent, enter and search. Now it all makes sense.