Firefighting, Truck Company

Door Philosophy

Issue 02 and Volume 173.

ON FIRE ❘ by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO So many things are written about forcing entry through a door from the initial tactic of “try before you pry” to forcing the door using through-the-lock methods and conventional forcible entry tips and tricks. We as firefighters always want to be known for being “good with the irons or the nozzle.” Being competent at what you do depends a lot on getting back to the basics and reinforcing the basics during an incident. It’s easy to miss something in a size-up because of the complexity of the conditions in which we operate, so it’s imperative that we perform like a well-oiled machine. Size-Up During your size-up of the door, you should be reading not only the locks and any irregularities (protective shields over the locks to prevent using the K-tool, angle irons blocking access to the area between the frame and leading edge…

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