Mesa Arizona, Vent Enter Search, Grab Video, Civilians Rescued

Is Vent Enter Search, or Targeted Searches techniques utilized by your fire department? Does your search guideline need an update?

Does your fire department consider these techniques “Taboo” or an “Urban Firefighter” thing.

VES and Targeted Searches for LIFE save civilian lives. Findings from Firefighter Rescue Survey, and the video’s below will confirm their viability.

Watch the videos, reflect on the data in the slides, and scroll to the bottom to see it all put together.

The Mesa Arizona grab of two children was performed by a civilian wearing no protective clothing, no breathing apparatus, and only hand tools, his hands were the tools.

Now watch a longer account of the Mesa Arizona civilian vent enter search grab at an apartment fire, TWO TIMES.

Through data collection performed by Firefighter Rescue Survey, Firefighters utilizing the VES technique found a victim 81% of the time in the first room they entered.

Firefighter Rescue Survey concluded if the victim was located behind a closed door they had an 86% chance of survival.

Firefighter Rescue Survey found that firefighters only utilized VES during 21% of their searches. 

Firefighter Rescue Survey concluded victims were located in bedrooms 45% of the time, and in a Hallway 10% of the time.

Putting it all together for THEM, to REDUCE civilian FIRE FATALITIES, and INCREASE the CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

  • If the civilian performs UL FSRI’s “Close Before You Doze” they have an 86% change of survival.
  • If firefighters utilize VES we have an 81% chance of finding a civilian in the first room we search.
  • Firefighters find 45% of victims in a bedroom, and 10% of victims in a hallway. The VES technique encourages sweeping the hallway area just outside bedrooms for victims.
  • Firefighter Rescue Survey data indicates VES was only utilized by Firefighters as a search technique 21% of the time.

Can we increase civilian rescues and survivability through implementing VES and Targeted searches more often?

Discuss this information and show the video at the kitchen table or on your next drill night. Together we can combine science, statistics, peer reviewed data, and fire ground experience to reduce civilian fire fatalities below 2000 in 2022.

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