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Directional search procedure

This method of search is particularly suitable for smaller buildings, where compartments have standard and recognisable layouts; the procedure is practical to adopt and compartments can be cleared as the directional search progresses, often making the procedure time efficient.

This procedure is easier to perform as a BA wearer, however there is an increased risk of  BA teams  inadvertently missing a fire compartment or risk area (depending upon the building layout), which could compromise their means of escape should the incident develop. Additionally, firefighting hose management may be more difficult due to the fact that steps must be retraced throughout the search route to retrieve it or to exit. Search and rescue operations should therefore be comprehensively co-ordinated, with an effective search plan and recording process.

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Progressive example of a BA team performing a left-hand directional search