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Tips for Single-Firefighter Forcible Entry

Tue, 22 Jan 2013|

Nick Martin offers some tips for situations in which a lone firefighter must force an inward-opening door. Sponsored by Globe.



[MUSIC] Welcome to Fire Engineering Training Minutes, I'm Nick Martin, and today we're gonna talk about forcing an inward opening door with just one firefighter. There's a variety of different scenarios where you might find yourself as the only firefighter available and need to force a door. You may not even have. All the tools that we usually like to have. In this scenario, I'm by myself, and all I have is my housing bar. So I'm gonna start with my normal forcible entries techniques. I come up, I size up my door. I got an inward opening door, opens in and to the left. Metal frame, metal door, couple of locks. I'm gonna start with my normal inward technique. Shock gap, set force. I'm gonna shock my door high middle low. Opens things up a little bit, finds any additional locks that I might not have seen from the outside. That gives me a good start so I can slide ride in for my gap. I'm in, I lock my bar into position, and in this scenario I'm going to gap down. And as I gap down I start to get a little bit of an opening here. The problem is if I let go of this pressure door springs closed on me. I don't have an axe fire fighter to strike my halogen and set me in. So I gotta work by myself here and capture my progress. So what I'm gonna do is use one of the tools I carry in my pocket. Which is an aluminum wedge. Same size as standard wooden wedge of course the aluminum will hold up a little bit better here. Go in for my gap, and when I get that good gap, I'm gonna take this wedge, and slide my wedge in, and gently relax the pressure on my [UNKNOWN] so it doesn't kick the wedge out. And now my wedge is holding that progress. Because it's a strong piece of aluminum, I can now use that wedge to drive open a further gap. So I'll drive that in as far as I can get it and there's three possible scenarios. In the best case scenario I got a huge gap and I'd be able to slide my [UNKNOWN] all the way behind the back of the door frame and force my door. I didn't get that lucky. So plan B would be I go in bevel to the door. [NOISE] I got a fairly good depth there bevel to the door, I'm gonna be able to use that. So plan c if I can't go bevel to the door, is maybe I can slip bevel to the frame, walk my bar in a little bit and chase it with that wedge to open up the gap a little bit more. But here, I've actually got a pretty good gap. I can get in there, bevel to the door, so that's what I'm gonna do and as I walk in I'll grab my pike and my halligan here and I'll walk that in a little bit and chase it with that wedge, increasing that gap sliding it a little bit deeper. Now I'm in there fairly deep, I can go on this with my full force, and try and force the door. [NOISE] Reach in, control my door, so I can make sure I got my mask on, water in the line, my crew is ready, or whatever and then as soon as we're ready, we're in and off. So you can see there's a couple different scenarios where you may mind yourself the only firefighter available to force a door, and you may have a limited variety of tools to choose from. By modifying some of our basic techniques, we can still get ourselves through the door. Thanks to our sponsor, Globe Manufacturing. I'm Nick Martin and thanks for watching fire engineering training method.

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