Fireground search for small children.
I was curious if anyone has seen or heard of an instance where a small child was found hiding in a closet or dresser during a fire? We are taught to search these areas for small children during primary search. I have a issue with this because the primary search must be rapid. And if we are looking in cabinets and drawers are we wasting valuable time? I was involved in a tragic fire fatality that claimed the lives of three small children and thier mother a few years ago. None of the children in this case were found hiding in any way. Also, I have a 4 and 2 year old and it is hard for me to think they would want to hide from a fire because they don`t hide from anything really. Along with fire prevention in schools I think children are exposed to good fire safety.
So my question is this a fire service myth that needs to be busted so that we can save valuable seconds wasted searching under sinks and in pantries and by-pass these area to swiftly hit the prime target areas to increase chances for survival