Forcible Entry: What Are You Doing?!?!

Forcible entry is always an interesting discussion around the service. On one side, you’ve got the forcible entry purists (myself included). These guys can force a door with a safety pin, a rock and a piece of duct tape. Despite their McGyver-esk skills, they prefer the irons.

On the other side of the discussion are the mule kickers. Often mistaken for SWAT Officers, these guys prefer the old size 10 for forcible entry. Kick… grimace… repeat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

SO WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

“Back to basics”! That’s the buzz phrase of the last ten years. Here’s the problem… TO GET BACK TO BASICS, YOU HAVE TO GET THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!

ALWAYS REMEMBER: YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTER (no paycheck required)… DO YOUR ACTIONS REFLECT THIS?

No finger pointing whatsoever (now is the time for self-reflection). Below are some great videos and links of both methods:

www.backstepfirefighter.com/2011/03/07/the-mulekick/

www.traditionstraining.com/2011/02/setting-up-your-irons/

www.blog.brotherhoodinstructors.com/2011/03/08/forcible-entry-operation-in-zerolimited-visibility-by-andrew-brassard-nate-demarse/

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Thanks to www.backstepfirefighter.com for the inspiration, Brotherhood Instructors and Traditions Training for the articles and videos, respectively.

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VEIS, The “I” Isn’t Silent
Hey Eric, Thanks for reading the post and thanks for taking the time to comment! The primary reason that we demo VEIS using the Halligan is that we also promote using the NY Roof Hook (or other similar STEEL SHAFTED hook) to perform VEIS. Together, they marry to make the "Hook Irons" which can be…
2014-10-21 03:51:32
Eric Dreiman
VEIS, The “I” Isn’t Silent
What is your thought process for the Halligan? I teach VEIS a lot and discourage FF's from entering with a Halligan. I tell them to take an axe (preferably a flat head) to conduct search. I my humble opinion, I feel that a Halligan is too heavy and cumbersome to swing back and forth while…
2014-10-17 02:25:15
George Hawkins
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2014-09-10 00:16:29
Mike
Movement Monday; August 11, 2014 (TeamWORK)
Great ideas guys. Working in our SCBA is a must. When it comes to stretching...up to 30 seconds, but no benefit past that according to most research. A quick stretch after the warm up is also a good idea. Thanks for the work.
2014-08-16 22:19:26
Jenny
Movement Monday; August 11, 2014 (TeamWORK)
Fun workout. Tried to get crew involved, might take a little work. But fun none the less! I went for 40 minutes ....farmers carry 50lb dumb bells, ladder carry around station, step ups on a box (20), deadlifts (135 @ 15) shoulder press (45lbs 15) squats (20) fast walk around station.
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