Beyond the Academy: Forcible Entry Operations
This is by far the most popular Brotherhood Instructors, LLC. course. This class covers the basic aspects of forcible entry including: size-up, tools, techniques, safety considerations, and forcible entry myths. Veteran firefighters as well as brand new recruits enjoy this course due to it being informative, fun, and applicable. The techniques discussed and practiced can be used immediately with little or no additional equipment required.
The day begins with a 1½ – 2 hour classroom presentation. This presentation covers forcible entry size-up, tool care and maintenance, lock and door types/construction, and safety considerations.
Following the classroom presentation, the entire class gathers around the forcible entry door for an overview of conventional forcible entry techniques. Conducting this demonstration as a group allows for more hands-on time once the class is divided into four smaller groups for the hands-on rotations.
Conventional Forcible Entry – at this station, participants each have the opportunity to force several inward and outward swinging doors under the supervision and guidance of an instructor. Very minor adjustments in tool placement and handling can make conventional forcible entry effective vs. ineffective or at least quicker and safer. Instructors will provide members with tips and encouragement while maintaining the safety of participants and reinforcing theory and good habits.
Hinge Side of the Door & Padlocks – at this station, students will each have the opportunity to pull a set of hinges from a door using our custom designed training aids. Forcing any door from the hinge side is low on the hierarchy of forcible entry techniques, which makes it more important to practice and understand the consequences and considerations associated with this technique. Padlocks are one of the most common locks firefighters are tasked with forcing. The hundreds of types and styles of padlocks on the market require members to have a firm understanding of lock construction and the tools and techniques used to defeat them. Participants will force padlocks or simulated padlocks with the irons and duckbill lock breaker at this station.
Power Saw Operations – The power saw is one of the most dangerous tools a firefighter can be assigned to operate. The nature of fireground operations often causes firefighters to be forced to use this tool in poorly lit conditions, on wet ground, in awkward positions, or on ladders. Practice and familiarity with this tool are essential for safe operation. This rotation focuses on tool preparation, use, and maintenance. Students will gain experience using the saw in various positions and orientations while under the close supervision of and instructor to provide tips and ensure safe operation.
Through the Lock (TTL) – Through the lock forcible entry is one of the most overlooked and under-utilized forcible entry techniques. This technique is often thought to be too slow or too complex for many fireground applications. That is simply not true. At this station participants will receive background information about TTL tools and procedures while being guided through manipulation of various locks.
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.