Tag Archives: Fire Rescue Saws

How to Force an Inward Swinging Metal Door with a Power Saw, by 2 Alarm Training

Need to force a metal door? Just attack the hinges with a power saw. Simple, right?

But what if there aren’t any hinges to cut? What if the door opens inward, or away from you?

The answer, according to 2 Alarm Training, is to attack the locks instead. The door that they use in this video has a knob-and-deadbolt combination, so their instructors cut off the knob first in order to get at the locks. Forcing this door took less than 50 seconds.

Watch this video now, and let us know what you think about it in the comments.

How to Handle Power Saws during Forcible Entry, by Fire Engineering and Traditions Training, LLC

How to Handle Power Saws during Forcible Entry

Courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

You use your power saws for a lot more than roof ventilation, especially if you have diamond blades or carbide chunk blades on them. However, you have to hold your saws in awkward positions, like horizontally or at chest or shoulder height, if you want to use them for forcible entry and vehicle extrication.

That’s why we love this drill by Roger A. Steger, Jr., deputy chief with the Kentland, MD Volunteer Fire Department and an instructor with Traditions Training, LLC. It tells you how to hold your saw in places besides “right below you,” as well as how to position your arms and legs to help support a power saw’s weight in a variety of positions. Read it now at Fire Engineering magazine.

Traditions Training, LLC via Fire Engineering magazine, “Rotary Saw Forcible Entry Positions (PDF)

From the Archives: Changing the Drive Belt on a Husqvarna Cut Off Saw or Fire Rescue Saw

From the Archives: Changing the Drive Belt on a Husqvarna Cut Off Saw or Fire Rescue Saw

Courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

We’ve gotten a lot of interest lately about cut off saw and fire rescue saw maintenance, so we decided to repost this article on changing a Husqvarna K970 saw’s drive belt. Tell us what you think!

Knowing how to change the drive belt on your Husqvarna cut off saw or fire rescue saw can improve your cutting performance and extend your saw’s life – in other words, save you time and money. Husqvarna has put out a helpful video showing you how to do just that.

The cut off saw shown here is a Husqvarna K970 saw. However, you should be able to use this procedure on any of Husqvarna’s K970 or K760 saws, like the Husqvarna K760 fire rescue saw and K970 fire rescue saw.

Regular readers of this blog may recognize some of these steps from our partner Brotherhood Instructors, LLC‘s video on how to convert a Husqvarna fire rescue saw to outboard cutting. That’s good news for you, because if you can do that, then you can certainly do this.