Fireground Search Drills

Green Maltese main focus is on building construction however I  also teach alot of search classes as well. So I am going share some of the search drills I have put together. Hope you enjoy and they are useful to you and your crews. They are only meant to be short drills to start kitchen table discussion. In order to get the best out of them please get out and do the hands-on searching application in full PPE and SCBA.

Topics covered in this drill series are:

  • Attack or Rescue
  • Search Operations
  • Hoseline Search
  • Standard Search
  • Oriented Search
  • Large Area Search
  • Aisle Search
  • Search Tips
  • School Search
  • Grocery Store Search
  • Church Search
  • Campus Housing


Link to  download drills in PDF file:

Fireground search drills for green maltese


Special thanks to Firefighter Close for the Search Operations drill.


If you enjoy and are able to use these drills to deliver training at your department please give feedback.


Stay Safe

Lt. John Shafer

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department. An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.