What did you notice about the search marking on the introduction screen? That team entered the structure on June 23 at 04:00pm (1600 hours “military” time). What is today? Think there might be an issue?
Search teams help other responders by identifying structures they have searched and their findings. They do this with exterior search markings on structures. After completing a size up and making the decision that the team can safely search the structure, the team starts a search marking that identifies the team TCS (tactical call signs are normally assigned on site) and date and time of entry. There should be a minimum of three members on your team. A communication person should remain outside in case radio communication needs to be established. The marking at this point allows responders that a team is in the structure if the communication person is not accessible. An unusual length of time could be a warning that the team is in distress or hopefully, forgot to complete the marking (lesser of two evils – remember duplication of effort?).
After completing the search, the marking will be completed with time out, areas searched and hazards, and any victims needing treatment left inside or deceased. Victims needing treatment (immediate or delayed) are indicated with “L” and unresponsive victims with a “D”. Additional information may also be noted at this location.