Data from the first 2,000 recorded rescues (you read that right) has been collected, calculated, and collated for all you nerds.
Data Drop......Total Rescue Time v Survival Rate.
Total Rescue Time = Search Time + Removal Time = time from FD arrival on scene until victim removed from the fire building
The graph below shows us that time and survival are inversely related. Meaning that as time increases, recorded survival rate decreases. This is intuitive to all of us (and to those not in the fire service) and is the reason that we have lights and sirens, Opticoms, stage our bunkers, train as hard as we do, etc. While we already had this tacit knowledge, we now have experiential data to fortify our intuition. Remember, this is their time, not ours. Like in all things, the more we learn about something, the more questions arise.