Single File Formation
used if moving down a hallway
1-man (forward security) provides security to the front. His sector
of fire includes any threat that appears in the hallway forward of
the team. Remaining team members follow in the file formation
directly behind the number 1-man. The number 2 and 3-man covers the
left and right sides of the number 1-man. Their sectors of fire
include any threat suddenly appearing from nearby doorways on either
side of the hall. They cover the number 1-man's flanks.
The last man provides rear security against any threat appearing
behind the clearing team.
This technique may be used with large or small teams. The file may
be the only option in very narrow hallways. The advantage of this
technique is that it is effective at providing protection to the
team when a ballistic shield is used. The disadvantages are: Limits
field of vision for the number 2 and 3-man forward of the number
l-man. Restrictive and slow when teams are confronted with opposing
doors.The single file formation is a very easy formation to maintain, but
lack the fire power and security.
(Figure A: Single File. Figure B: Single File with tactical shield.)
Easy to use.
- It can provide great security to the front of the team when using
-It lacks of fire power and
security to all sides.
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