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How to Attack Hinges on Outward-Opening Doors during Forcible Entry, by Fire Engineering

How to Attack Hinges on Outward-Opening Doors during Forcible Entry, by Fire Engineering

Courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

There are times when you want to attack a door’s hinges instead of its latch side during forcible entry, say Lt. Samuel Hittle of the Wichita, KS Fire Department and Capt. Chad Dailey of the Kansas City, MO Fire Department. (We agree; we’ve had videos on attacking the hinges of outward-opening and inward-opening doors on this blog before) Maybe the occupant’s loaded the latch side with lots of security devices, or you want to remove the door so that your lines won’t be obstructed.

That’s why they wrote this article for Fire Engineering. It tells you how to attack door hinges on outward-opening doors with saws (our personal favorite) and the irons. Whether your department emphasizes these skills in their training or not, this is still a good article. Read it now.

Fire Engineering, “Hinge-Side Forcible Entry on Outward Swinging Doors

How to Use Fire Escapes to Access Roofs Safely, by Firefighter Toolbox

Lt. John Hayowyk, Jr. of the Passaic, NJ Fire Department has been running a three-part series on accessing the roofs of Type 3 construction buildings over at Firefighter Toolbox. He’s already covered using the roofs of adjacent buildings and ladders. Today, Hayowyk wraps up his series with one of the most dangerous and least desirable ways to access roofs: fire escapes.

This article covers choosing which fire escape to use on a building, sizing it up, climbing it safely, getting your tools to the roof, and then climbing back down. Oh, and if you’re not checking out the fire escapes in your district on a regular basis, both for yourself and for potential victims, then you just don’t get it.

Read his article now.

Firefighter Toolbox, “3 Ways To Access The Roof Quickly – Part 3

How to Use Ladders to Access Roofs Safely, by Firefighter Toolbox

How to Access Roofs during Fires, by Firefighter Toolbox

Photo courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

Last week, Lt. John Hayowyk, Jr. of the Passaic, NJ Fire Department posted the first of a three-part series at Firefighter Toolbox on how to use upwind adjacent buildings to access roofs. He continues that series this week with an article on how to use ladders safely while climbing up onto roofs. Read it now.

Firefighter Toolbox, “3 Ways To Access The Roof Quickly – Part 2

How to Access Roofs during Fires, by Firefighter Toolbox

How to Access Roofs during Fires, by Firefighter Toolbox

Photo courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

We’ve posted a lot about roof ventilation here, including how to size up roofs, how to carry your saw and start it safelyhow to make safe ventilation cuts in flat roofs and peaked roofs, not to mention all the other things you can do on a roof. None of that’s going to do you any good, though, if you can’t get up to the roof.

This Firefighter Toolbox article – the first of a three-part series by Lt. John Hayowyk, Jr. of the Passaic, NJ Fire Department – tells you how to use upwind adjacent buildings to access the roofs of Type 3 or “ordinary” construction buildings. We’ll be following this series as Hayowyk covers roof access via ladders and fire escapes.

Tip o’ the hat to Christine Sarracino.

Firefighter Toolbox, “3 Ways To Access The Roof Quickly – Part 1

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.