Grant Schwalbe- Estero Fire Rescue

Establishing An Aggressive Search Culture

Approximately 95% of civilian fire deaths occur in the residential setting. This should be our bread and butter. Yet many departments are plagued with a passive search culture due to poor SOGs, overcautious safety concerns and poor training. This class makes a case that our goal should be to complete a primary search within the first 10 minutes of all structures. Through case studies, class discussion and videos this course covers:

1) Search-The Big Picture
2) Best Practice Search Skills
3) Executing the Search (Hasty Search, Oriented Search and VES)
4) Victim Removal including Drags, Window lifts and upper-floor removal.

Bio: Grant Schwalbe has been a firefighter since 1994. He currently works for Estero Fire Rescue (Fort Myers, FL) as a Lieutenant/Paramedic on Engine 43.  He is an Instructor for When Things Go Bad, Inc. and for Fort Myers Fire Academy. Grant has taught at various conferences including FDIC, The Orlando Fire Conference, Firemanship PDX, Wichita HOT, Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo and Fire Rescue East. He is the lead instructor for the FDIC HOT program “Residential Search-Making the Grab”.  His areas of passion include Search, Engine Company Ops, Firefighter Survival, and RIT. Grant is a proud member of FL Gulf Coast FOOLS