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Beyond the Academy: Advanced Forcible Entry Operations

This course is “Part 2” to the above Forcible Entry Operations course.  Forcible Entry Operations is also a pre-requisite for this class.  Advanced Forcible Entry Operations expands on the skills from the Forcible Entry Operations course by adding complexity, obstacles, and additional skills.  This course is all hands on, no classroom presentation.  Members will rotate through the following four hands-on stations:

Conventional Forcible Entry at the Bottom of Stairs – Our forcible entry door is paired with a set of custom made removable stairs for this station.  Members learn and practice skills necessary to force a door with limited space, elevation differences between the members, and required coordination.  This skill is then practiced again adding the difficulty of zero visibility.

Conventional Forcible Entry – Angle Iron, Jamb Guards, Tight Hallway – Our second conventional forcible entry door is set up to have auxiliary security devices attached to add difficulty to forcible entry techniques.  At this station the inward opening door is fitted with a piece of angle iron to protect the locks, which requires specific techniques to overcome.  The outward opening door is fitted with a jamb guard to protect the throw of the lock.  This security modification requires participants to employ additional forcible entry measures before forcing the locks.  A set of custom-built walls is paired with the inward opening door to simulate forcing a door in a tight hallway.  In this evolution members learn and practice several techniques to force doors in limited space situations.  

Advanced Power Saw Operations – Using the power saw in the “outboard” position has several forcible entry advantages.  At this rotation participants will practice the procedure for switching the saw to the outboard position and then use the saw in this configuration.  Members will then cut a set of simulated window bars from a ladder.  This ladder is only 2-3 feet above ground level and provided the student with real life practice cutting from a ladder under the close guidance of an instructor.  This ensures that members will not be performing this task for the first time at the scene of a fire with no supervision.  “C-side” or rear of the building forcible entry techniques are also practiced at this station on our “C-side” simulator.  Drop bars, slide bolts, and foot bolts and just some of the simulated situations.  A discussion of roll down gate construction and tactics is the final part of this station. 

Cutting Torch, Slide Bolts, Bolt Heads, & Padlocks – This rotation is broken up into two sub-rotations.  Half of the members spend approximately one hour learning how to operate an oxy-acetylene torch.  Set-up, cutting preparation, cutting, and torch safety are reviewed and each member has the opportunity to cut various metal and chain with the torch.  The other half of the group reviews several techniques for forcing slide bolts.  Each member gets their own slide bolt and performs each technique.  Techniques for forcing slide bolts, drop bars, and foot bolts from the outside of the door are also practiced.  Finally, each member receives a pad lock to perform through the lock techniques on.  This lock can also be cut at the torch portion of the rotation. 

This course can be offered as a one-day 8-hour (most common) course or broken up into segments and delivered as crew or company drills.  A firehouse, training center, or other similar location is suitable for conducting this course.  In inclement weather the class can be done inside with the exception of the power saw rotation.

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