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Damage Control

Issue 7 and Volume 173.

ON FIRE ❘ by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO As an officer, making the decision to force open a door takes a few seconds after you evaluate the situation and the conditions. It’s a size-up that you must perform to choose what methods to use to make entry. A common call that could have even the best officers taking time to decipher is an alarm ringing inside a residence with no conditions evident. Of course, you’re going to try the doorknob, ring the doorbell, or knock violently at night to try to wake the sleeping residents before beginning operations. The officer will also weigh the decision after he or his personnel conduct a 360° size-up. It’s funny, when you speak to some members about their idea of a 360° size-up, many forget to walk up to the window and shine a flashlight inside the residence to get a read on the conditions…

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