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“
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.
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)“
We’re back from the ACE14 conference in Boston, MA, and we come bearing more testimonials about the Fire Rescue Safety Blade. This one’s from Captain Josh Bryan, Training Coordinator for the Newton Township, OH Fire Department, and it includes photos of the Fire Rescue Safety Blade in action. Here’s what he has to say:
Chief, I used a blade last week that blew us away. We had one sent as a demo and tested it during our recent level I & II classes. Every instructor saw first hand (sic) and then tried it ourselves. We all agreed that it was stronger than anything we’ve seen or used prior on our USAR training’s (sic) we’ve taken… We cut metal, re-bar, locks, Steel doors, then cut 6-inch concrete without a problem, then as a final test cut 1/4(-inch) steel on a building corner pillar, the concrete behind it and the re-bar inside the concrete. It cut like butter!
The price is far cheaper and is lifetime guaranteed! I’d love to get two of these for Newton.
Forgive us, but we have to toot our own horn today.
Senior Captain Ronald Krusleski of the Houston Fire Department‘s Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) squad sent us a glowing testimonial for the Fire Rescue Safety Blade yesterday. We’re rightly proud of some of the things that he said:
“We used the 16” Safety Blade on a Boeing 727 fuselage during a four day rescue class. This blade was unbelievable on how quick it cut through the fuselage. We used one blade for a day and part of another day before we changed to a new blade. In the past, we would have gone through multiple blades in one day. I have been in the fire service for 28 years and I have never used a blade that worked as efficient (sic) as this blade. We will be ordering more blades to replace the few we used during our training.” (emphasis ours)
Well, Capt. Krusleski, we’d like to thank you for the kind words and the photo that you took of the Fire Rescue Safety Blade during training:
Find out more about the Fire Rescue Safety Blade today!