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    Anyone have any good ideas, literature, otherwise on searching using a 6 foot hook?

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    I prefer to leave it somewhere safe where it will be there when I need it to open up, it is more of a hinderance than a help for searching. If you are still looking for the fire it is a good idea to have it, but for conducting a search for people I prefer to ditch the hook.

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    On small rooms, hold the hook about half way down so that you can maintain control of it. Another thing you can do is push it up against the wall so that it can extend you out further, but still maintain contact with the wall. On a wide area search or large room, your partner can grab hold of the end to extend further into the room. I personally carry a 5' hook since I feel a 6' is too much for most residental fires and a 4' can come up short sometimes, so I settled for the norm and more versatile. If you want to be proficent at searching with it, practice, practice, practice and then pass on your findings.
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    Leave the hook over the window sill and sticking into the room perpendicular to the wall to mark your egress, especially when doing VES.

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    Or if during VES on a small room, hook it on the window sill and you can hold one hand on the handle while searching with the other.
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    yeah leaving it in the window for VES is good to let guys know your still inside as well.

    Thanks for the input! guess ill just have to practice some more...

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    If in zero visibility you're against the wall feeling out with the hook and you feel something soft like pillows on the floor, it could be a person. Don't pass it by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by len1582 View Post
    If in zero visibility you're against the wall feeling out with the hook and you feel something soft like pillows on the floor, it could be a person. Don't pass it by.

    i havent done much probing with it, ive been using it in my wall hand and using it to stretch out and spread .. finding other sides of the room etc.

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    That's fine..But it wouldn't hurt to try both methods.

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    Articles by Michael M. Dugan

    Searching From a Window
    http://cms.firehouse.com/web/online/...indow/14$15557

    Truck Company Tools: The Pike Pole
    Choosing the style for your fireground needs
    http://cms.firehouse.com/web/online/...-Pole/14$57545

    Making Window Entry From The Exterior
    http://cms.firehouse.com/web/online/...erior/14$11703

    Some articles at Fire Engineering that concern searches, some of which mention using a hook/pole:

    VENT-ENTER-SEARCH
    by Bob Pressler

    Search Tips
    by Mike Lombardo

    SEARCH AND RESCU IN SINGLE-FAMILY DWELLINGS, PART 1, 2, 3
    by Bill Gustin

    How To Expedite Your Search
    by Tom Shervino

    SEARCHING SMARTER, PART 1, 2, 3
    by John (Skip) Coleman

    THE LOST ART OF PRIMARY SEARCH
    by Kai W. Rieger
    Last edited by dadman; 04-17-2008 at 04:46 PM.

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