One Tough Door

BY MICHAEL N. CIAMPOAlmost all of us can recall an incident where we encountered a door difficult to force open. For those of you who haven’t, an experience lies ahead of you. During normal conventional forcible entry, most of us are accustomed to using the halligan and ax or sledgehammer combination. In addition to these tools is the trusty hydraulic forcible entry tool as our backup. In most situations, these tools are all that are needed to gain entry into a residential apartment. However, what about those uncommon, unusual, and difficult doors? Will conventional means be enough?THE INCIDENTArriving at the six-story multiple dwelling, members of the Fire Department of New York re...

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