The New York City Fire Department has been around in its current form since at least 1865, so odds are they know a thing or two about forcible entry. This Forcible Entry Reference Guide, which we stumbled across at Brothers in Battle, LLC, gathers techniques and knowledge from across the department into one document.
You want to know something about forcible entry? You can probably find it in here. It has over 160 pages of tools, locks, doors, security gates, hinges, techniques and even history.
You may wonder if this guide will be of use to you, especially if you live in a smaller city with no skyscrapers or densely-packed apartments and offices. Brothers in Battle has this answer:
We don’t all face the same challenges as the men and women who serve in New York. We may not have access to all the same tools, training, or manpower. For these reasons, some of us conclude that lessons learned from the FDNY can’t apply to us- and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here’s why: The FDNY and other busy departments have tried dozens of techniques and new tools during thousands of hours of training and hundreds of thousands of fires. Their trial-and-error experience has condensed into a few proven methods to defeat the most common types of forcible entry challenges. Our benefit is that we don’t have to “reinvent the wheel” with forcible entry…
If nothing else, read it for the history of the halligan tool.
Brothers in Battle, LLC, New York City Fire Department Forcible Entry Reference Guide – Techniques and Procedures (PDF)