Great training with Avon (OH) firefighters of all experience levels. Thanks for the invite. Pictures are worth more than words as usual, so the summary will be short.
- What tools are on your rig? Different haligans, axes, sledgehammers?
- Gap, Set, Force the door! Repetition is hard to come by, so take advantage of acquired structures and props.
- Know your saw; starting, stopping, changing the blade. I encourage a little friendly competition. Who on the crew can change the blade fastest?
- Think about ways to stabilize a padlock or chain.
RESIDENTIAL DOOR FORCIBLE ENTRY SIMULATION
This prop was more difficult than residential doors these firefighters have encountered. They had to gain a gap, fill the gap to prevent losing it, change tool placement, and force the door. The challenge really improves a firefighters ability to understand tool mechanics.
Remember to get the rpm’s up prior to making contact with the metal you are cutting. If you get a tap on your shoulder; release the throttle, stop the blade, and listen for instruction. Maybe your officer has vital information about fire conditions or a change in tactics.
CHAIN CUTTING / PADLOCK SIMULATION
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