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Double Door…Double Trouble?

“Forcible”Entry:  Gaining entry during non-fire emergencies:

Michael Stothers, Traditions Training Instructor

Your company is responding on a run with the report of 11 people stuck in an elevator.  As you arrive, you find no occupants in the lobby to grant your company access to the building.  How do we gain entry?  How can we do this with minimal or no damage to the building doors and still be able to re-secure the occupancy afterwards?

We begin every forcible entry problem in the same manner: Door size-up!  Many newly constructed and/or recently renovated buildings are utilizing these style lobby doors (most of them have lots of glass to allow natural light into the lobby).   In sizing up the particular door shown below, we have determined that we have:  An outward opening aluminum frame/glass double-door, with a remote electronic swipe card entry, and a key cylinder.  Also, we can see by looking thru the door that both inside doors are equipped with push bar exit hardware.

Door Size-Up #1

Continued size-up: Simply pushing/pulling on the door reveals that there is no throw or bolt between the double doors at the cylinder area or at ground level on either door. The locking mechanism for these doors is at the top. It is a magnetic lock, consisting of an electromagnet on the doorframe and an armature plate on the door.Continued Size-Up #2

Gaining entry: By pushing on one door, while pulling on the other, you create a gap large enough for a tool to slide between. Utilizing a door chock can help you hold open the gap you’ve just created. With this method, little if any damage is done to the doors. Gain Entry #3

The Tool: By gapping the doors and sliding a tool between them (this particular tool is made of a mid-weight metal bar from one of those closet organizers (with the smaller spines cut off) and then bent into shape), you are able to activate the push bar by pulling back on the tool.  This tool was made by a firefighter in the company.  The tool needs to be strong and yet still pliable enough to have its shape manipulated if necessary. Another effective application for this particular handmade tool, again in the non emergency mode, is to allow us to help a civilian get into a car that have keys locked inside….infact that is where the idea from this tool was borrowed.  One firefighter, (who used to work at a car dealership service department) used this particular closet organizer rod to retrieve keys when they would be routinely locked in vehicles under repair.

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The Lock: With this style of lock, the magnetic lock requires a constant power source to remain locked. The lock is disengaged by three means: 1. Engaging the push bar. 2. Utilizing the key in the cylinder. 3. Or use of an authorized swipe card in the exterior card reader. All three of these functions disrupt the power to the magnetic, therefore unlocking the doors. By utilizing our home-made tool, we are causing the release of the lock by activating the push bar.

 

Gain Entry Continued #4

Summary: Although the technique discussed here may not be your only option (or may not apply to doors with additional levels of security) it certainly is a quick, simple and effective method for entering this particular style of door with no damage.

This is an excellent example of knowing your response area, knowing your buildings and coming up with quick and simple solutions to overcome the ever-changing challenges facing firefighters.

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Another Great Weekend in Maine! RIT, Officer Skills, & Box Alarm Drills…

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Nick reviews putting a facemask on a downed FF...

For the 3rd year in a row, TT instructors Nick Martin, Doug Mitchell, Danny Doyle, and Mike Stothers headed flew into Portland and made the drive northwest to Farmington.  Our previous classes included “Firefighter Survival” and “First-In Engine/Truck Operations”.  On the calendar for this year’s program was a mixed bag…

On Friday evening we held a 3 hour course on company-officer essentials including “command presence”, size-up, on-scene / situation reports, and tactical decision-making.  Saturday was all about Rapid Intervention; we focused on techniques to locate the downed firefighter, manage SCBA emergencies with various RIT-Pak assemblies, and removal techniques.

Sunday brought Traditions Training’s trademark “Box Alarm Drills”…  Scenarios were setup at an acquired building simulating various structural fires and students had to respond with skills gathered over the past 3 years, from engine/truck company work to rapid intervention to incident management.  Scenarios were conducted at full speed with the most realistic conditions.  Not only did this allow firefighters to practice their skills but it also helped identify challenges that could occur on a real fireground, so that they could be prepared for or addressed in advance.

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On Saturday night, the fellas held a cookout for the instructors and class, featuring a cooler full of lobsters (of course), steaks, and more.  Thanks again to Chief Bell and Lt. Hardy for inviting us back and for the excellent hospitatlity!  We look forward to seeing everyone again.

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TT Heads West – Tower Ops in Iowa, June 26 & 27!

The staff of TT is excited to head to some new territory this June.  We will be putting on a “Two-Team Truck & Tower Ops” program for the Johnston Fire Department, just outside of Des Moines, Iowa.  The program will be held on June 26 & 27 and consists of two parts:

  • Sat, Jun 26: An interactive seminar on two-team truck operations and tower ladder operations.  Tips on making the most of your limited resources and understanding the pro’s and con’s of various aerial apparatus.
  • Sun, Jun 27: An 8-hour hands-on program implementing many of the concepts from Saturday.  Use of the TL bucket in defensive and rescue operations, as well as various inside/outside truck company skills!

The program features instructors from the DCFD, FDNY and Kentland VFD.  This will be an exciting and informative program and, since “truck work” is performed on ALL firegrounds, will be applicable for departments with or without aerial apparatus.  If your in the western states, we hope to see you there!

For more information and registration, please click here!

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Company News, fire-rescue-topics, firefighter-safety-health, firefighting-operations, Training Resources, training-development, training-fire-rescue-topics, Truck Company | Posted on 26-03-2010

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Forcible Entry Academy in Fort Washington, PA

This past Saturday, January 20, Traditions Training staff traveled back to Philadelphia for a “Forcible Entry Academy” program with the Fort Washington Fire Company.  This 8-hour program was entirely hands on and allowed students to practice numerous forcible entry skills through out the day.

Students cut actual roll-down gates.  For added realism we even "tagged" them.

Students cut actual roll-down gates. For added realism we even "tagged" them.

Some of the skills included were:

  • 1 and 2 firefighter techniques for conventional FE.
  • Roll-down security gates.
  • HUD Windows.
  • Window bars & gates.
  • Thru-the-lock techniques.
  • High-security padlocks.
  • Size-up and tool selection.

A primary focus of the day was the capabilities of various hand tools and the importance of having multiple techniques and plans for attack.  With forcible entry you cannot always rely on “plan A” – when it doesn’t work out the way you hoped, your next move better be on deck!

Using a variety of real-world props, each student got the chance to put their hands on the tools and transfer their “theory” on how they might attack and obstacle into actual “experience” with a variety of new skills and techniques.  Each student was encouraged not only to try “our” ideas, but to take the opportunity to try new ideas and techniques – training is the time to experiment with these things, not the front door of the fire building.

It was another excellent day for instructors and students, as both walked away with some new experiences and skills.  Thanks to DFC Clauson of the Ft. Washington Fire Company for setting up another excellent training opportunity!

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Photos & Video from January's Truck Ops Classes

Traditions Training traveled to southeast PA twice in January, each time for  “Truck Company Operations” class.  The first program was held in Kennett Square with the Longwood Fire Company.  Two weekends later we returned to West Chester, PA for another program with the Parkesburg Fire Company and some surrounding departments…  Little did we know that one department would use some of these skills just hours later.

Thanks to members of each department for these photos from the classes:

On Sunday evening after the class, members of the Honey Brook Fire Company responded to a fire in a motel.  Deputy Chief Dan Brooks sent us the following account:

“Sunday night while recovering from the weekends class we were hit out for full company assist on the working Motel Fire. Members who attended the training, working with those who didnt, forced 10+ doors on rooms and provided ventilation and primary searches of the entire building mostly under poor to zero visibity. Using the skills we learned and reinforced, things went VERY well. THANK YOU!!!”

Nothing could make the staff at Traditions Training happier than to know that we might have provided even the smallest tip that helped someone do their job at the fire. Thanks to the members of Longwood, Parkesburg, Honey Brook, and the other department’s that attended January’s classes!

Fore more information on our Truck Company Operations, or other, programs – please contact us!  Also, be sure to check out our past blog posts on Truck Company Operations.


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Some Tips (and video) on Cutting Roll-Down Gates

Roll-down security gates are a common security measure found in both urban and non-urban areas.  Often these gates must be opened before ANY firefighting activity begins.  Today I want to talk about some tips to help you in making the cut….

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Video of Truck Ops Class from Millwood, NY

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Just a little video compilation from some of the Truck Company Operations class in Millwood, NY a couple weekends ago…  Thanks again to Chief Joe Rod and his guys for having us up.

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Video Tip: Entering the window for VES

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Entering the window of a fire building from a ladder can be trecherous if not executed properly. In the above video, Mike Stothers, a senior instructor for Traditions Training and fireman at F.D.N.Y.’s Tower Ladder 13 offers some tips for safely and effectively “controlling the sill”.

This is an excerpt from Mike’s VES presentation at a recent Truck Company Operations class and picks up after we’ve sounded the floor…

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Truck Company Operations with Millwood, NY

Last weekend, Traditions Training headed north to Westchester County, NY for a Truck Company Operations class with the Millwood Fire District.  This 16-hour class included some non-traditional truck company items – such as some basic rope-rescue evolutions.

Some of the topics covered included:

  • The “Two-Team” Truck Company
  • Vent, Enter, Search
  • Aggressive Primary Searches
  • Portable Ladder Tips & Skills
  • Apparatus Positioning
  • Low-Angle Belay Evolution
  • Basic Knots & Stokes Lashing
  • “Ladder Slide” from a roof top.

Instructors for the class included: Doug Mitchell, Nick Martin, Mike Stothers, Scott Kraut, and Joe Brown.

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Company News, Truck Company | Posted on 03-07-2009