Saturday, May 16

8 a.m. — 5 p.m. 


This class is a blended 8 hour hands on training starting with a 3-4 hour lecture. In the lecture we will be covering statistics and sharing videos to drive home points of why and when we search. We will also be covering where our searches often fail and where they are successful.

The intent is to not only size up our fires on arrival, but also size up our searches so we can perform them quicker and in a more efficient manner. We will cover statistics compiled by USFA and as well as information found from studies by the UL on occupant survival.

It is important to understand that before we make any decisions we need to know where our successes have been. In today’s fire environment we simply do not have much time. We must have a system in place for quick decision making of our searches in relation to our fire environment and we must identify our searchable spaces immediately! There is no singular mode to accomplish this, but rather multiple methods we can use to enhance the survivability for the unprotected occupant.


This course is about how we search, when to search and what’s the best way to affect our search increasing our odds not only to locate a victim but remove them in the most efficient manner. Let us not forget that life IS and ALWAYS will be our number one priority! It should never be the mindset of “what’s good for us” but rather we MUST concentrate our efforts on what is best for THEM!

Following the lecture there will be hands on skill building used to develop techniques that improve the students search methods as well as efficiency. The skill building sessions can be customized to whatever the students needs are.


Stations can include:

VES and VES beyond the door

Oriented searches

Searching with and off a hoseline

Victim removal techniques

Stacking crews and crew efficiency

Thermal imaging searches


We will gradually increase the stress level on the students by progressing from skill building stations to scenarios utilizing smoke. Towards the end of the course the students will do full scale scenarios under live fire conditions with tactics of their choosing that they have learned throughout the course.

At the end of the class the participant should be able to go home and function in a capacity that is more efficient and practical for those assigned to search on a typical residential structure fire.

Students should pick what works best for them and understand that they may need to customize these skills to their staffing levels of where they work.

Forcible Entry, Ladders and Firefighter Rescue outside the traditional RIT model. This class is delivered in an 8 hour program and includes live fire scenarios for a realistic training experience.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Bunker gear, helmet, gloves, air pack, mask

Cost: $80

INSTRUCTOR: Sean Duffy is a 15-year veteran of the fire service and has worked in both County and City departments. He is currently a Firefighter/Paramedic for Pasco County Fire Rescue where he works on the departments West side. He is a co-founder of “Build Your Culture” training group and developed the course entitled “Searchable vs. Survivable- Educational Decision Making on the Fire ground”. He has an Associates in Fire Science and is also a State of Florida Fire Instructor, Fire Officer 1 and Live Fire Training Instructor. Sean serves as a board member and training trustee for his departments FOOLS chapter as well as an instructor within his

organization, The Great Florida Fire School and The Worst Fire Conference.