How would you handle this situation?
I have just recently began a fire academy and when performing a primary search of a 1 floor, single family residence my partner abondended me. He was the "wall guy" and I was flaked off from him. I attempted to maintain either physical or verbal contact with my partner, but we got seperated. When the Capt. finally told me to stop where I was they discovered that he was 2 bedrooms and a hallway away. At this point in time I am by myself in the middle of the room with an axe. My partner had the radio. The first thing that I did was get to a wall so that I had some sort of orientation. I have gotten many different opinions from the instructors on how to handle the particular situation (besides having a few not so nice words with my partner when we got out) How would you have handled the situation? Here are a few of the ideas that I recieved:
- Contact IC via radio and ask for instruction, informing them that you are seperated from your partner and you are now PAR 1. (The problem with this is that my partner had the radio.)
- Begin a right hand search because you will eventually find him. We were performing a left hand search. (Question: Should you really be searching alone, at all, ever?)
- Follow the wall back out of the house and notify IC immediately that Search 1 has exited the house PAR 1.
- Set off your PASS device
- Wait for your partner to return. (Is that not the worse thing I could do? To sit there with my thumb up my butt and just wait? Depending on a partner who has already left me?)
I would really just like others opinions, suggestions or experiences. I'm glad that something like this occured in training, in a situation where I can turn around and try to figure out how to solve the problem now.... instead of attending a firefighter's funeral.
No one thought of this one
I was discussing the incident with a close friend and fellow fire academy member. We were running through different scenarios involving the window idea, etc. and there was one thing that he mentioned that no one here had mentioned yet. Yes, at the point in time we were only practicing search and rescue, but real live scenario we would have fire attack occuring simationeously. Why not find your attack team? Your partner may have done the same, they may be able to help you locate your partner... or most importantly they should have a radio and will be able to contact IC. This way not only are you not sitting on your thumbs all by yourself waiting for help, you also have help on the way for your partner.
What are your thoughts on this?