7-Sided Searches should be conducted on every incident in which we have a potential victim.
The seven sides to be searched are:
1. Side A/Division A
2. Side B/Division B
3. Side C/Division C
4. Side D/Division D
6. Basement/Crawl Space
7. the Inside (including the Inside of each interior compartment)
2. Driver's Side
3. Passenger Side
6. Underneath the Vehicle
7. the Inside, including the passenger compartment, trunk, and hatchback areas
The rule for searching these is:
- Every Vehicle
- Every Structure
- Every Time
These same four considerations work well when a search team moves through a building, particuarly when moving vertically.
For example, Truck 3 is assigned to conduct a primary search of Divisions 3 and 4 of an apartment building with a fire on Division 2. Truck 3 should give COMMAND a UCAN update each time they move one vertical floor upwards. An example:
"COMMAND, Truck 3"
"COMMAND, Truck 3 is on Division 3, we have a heavy smoke condition with moderate heat, no fire visible, we are starting our primary search, and we need ventilation support and secondary egress."
There are five distinct advantages to using UCAN reports for reporting tactical movement through a fire building in the absence of a MAYDAY.
- Firefighters become familiar with the UCAN methodology in routine situations and will not struggle to remember the mneumonic in the event they need to call a MAYDAY in the future
- Firefighters become practiced at using the UCAN terminology and reporting location changes to COMMAND
- COMMAND knows where the units are and what they are doing
- Status changes are reported in a standard forma
- Status reports are transmitted in a standard format. If one part is missed, COMMAND can just ask for the missing piece of information without wasting the air time for a complete UCAN rehash from the unit giving the report
The "A" step can be modified to include "AIR" levels. If a company has a member that is low on air, the company can give a UCAN report that includes the air reading for the member with the lowest air level, particularly in big-box structures where the company needs to exit with 2/3 of their air available.