Fire Service Warrior: Forcing a Door Is Ventilation

Fire Service Warrior: Forcing a Door Is Ventilation

We’re not saying that you shouldn’t force doors during fires (and that you shouldn’t use our diamond blades and saws to do it). We’re just saying that, when you do force a door, you should control it. After all, leaving a forced door open can feed oxygen to the fire and combustible gases inside a structure, leading to flashover and a bigger, deadlier fire.

Fire Service Warrior has a video that effectively illustrates this point. We’re not sure where they got it or whether it was taken during a training exercise or a live fire, not that it really matters. What’s important is that these firefighters didn’t control their door after forcing it and nearly got their tails burned off for it.

Michael Carroll left a good comment on this video:

I assume that the door was forced just before the video started. Once that door was open you could see smoke conditions change rapidly. The black high velocity rolling smoke coming out the door was a sign that the fire was about to flash in that area and they should have gotten off that deck. Every firefighter should learn to read smoke. SOME DAY IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

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