the team has plastic ribbon, string, or crepe paper for marking searched
d. Equipment. Equip search teams with equipment such as screwdrivers
(standard and phillip), crescent wrench, flashlight, and hand mirror. Each
member should have body armor, such as a flak vest.
Search Techniques - Outside.
a. Search from the outside to the inside, and from the bottom to the
top. This method has resulted from years of experience, and it reduces the
risk of injury to both the searchers and the occupants.
b. Conduct all phases of the search at the same time, if a large,
trained search team is available. If the search team is to be divided, use
the following breakdown of team members:
(1) Outside search - 25 percent.
(2) Public areas - 25 percent.
(3) Detailed building search - 50 percent.
The smallest search unit should consist of two men because of the
psychological and physical advantages. Two men will conduct a more thorough
search, and they can work together when heavy furniture must be moved.
c. The search of the outside of buildings is more important, because
these areas can generally be considered public areas with easy access to the
This is especially true during the hours of darkness, when many
buildings are closed.
The outside search pattern begins at ground level.
Close attention must be given to the following areas:
(1) Piles of leaves or refuse.
(5) Trash cans.
(6) Parked vehicles (look only; must be searched by EOD personnel).
Search to a distance of 25 or 50 feet from the building, outward.
completing the ground-level search, return to the building. Search window
ledges, air-conditioning units, signs, building ornamentation, fire escapes,
and the roof. After completing the outside search, add members of this team
to the inside search team (See figure 3-1).