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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Thanks for the comment Brian, we enjoy a good garden apartment job as well. Usually plenty of work to go around. Have a safe holiday! Merry Christmas! Matt SAFE FF
2014-12-23 03:22:44
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Thanks Cap, FYI, we'll probably use your quote if that's okay? Matt SAFE FF
2014-12-23 03:21:12
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2014-12-03 13:17:17
Brian
First Due Friday; Top Floor Garden Apartment
Had a few just like this. Call the all hands. First due engine stretch to fire floor. 500 gallons plenty to put this fire out. Truck co split up and primary search. Force entry if needed. 35 ft ladder to window to left of fire window and rear. Second due truck co. set up aerial…
2014-11-28 02:17:43
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I use this one all the time in training: "Perfection is the goal, excellence will be tolerated" by John Maxwell- Leadership management book.
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