Drill of the Week: Forcible Entry Assignments

By Forest Reeder

Forcible entry needs cover a wide range of conditions. Traditionally a truck company function, all firefighters should be ready to force entry into a structure for engine company access to attack the fire; as part of a ventilation assignment; as part of a RIT building preparation or firefighter intervention; or to make additional access points for fire operations.

Many methods and techniques exist and an experienced fire company will know the tools necessary as well as appropriate entry methods. Careful coordination by incident commander will ensure that a coordinated fire attack operation occurs. Review the following forcible entry assignments and specify the available tools for the task and any available methods to open up the entry area. Consult your SOGs and local training materials as part of this training session.


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Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.


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