Using the 6′ Steel Roof Hook for Forcible Entry

Posted 10/18/2014 by IRONSandLADDERS
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This video reviews the extremely versatile and valuable 6′ steel NY Roof Hook. This simple technique can make the difference in a large number of forcible entry situations. This is one of the most simple but effective steps you can take in many commercial forcible entry scenarios. When a door is holding on to conventional prying with the Halligan, take the extra 15 seconds and give it a good shot with this cheater bar in place. 

Inward Swinging Metal Doors With Drop Bars

Posted 10/15/2014 by IRONSandLADDERS
Categories: 1. Forcible Entry

Inward swinging commercial metal doors with a variety of different drop bars behind them. Notice on inward swinging doors everything is mounted to the frame causing it to be blind from the outside. Gap Set Force.

Skinning Metal Doors and Obtaining a Gap

Posted 10/09/2014 by IRONSandLADDERS
Categories: 1. Forcible Entry

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This video shows a very important skill that is very difficult to describe and teach without having real metal doors. At the same time I truly believe it is one of the most important skills a firefighter needs to know during outward swinging door forcible entry. If the door skins too bad without being overcome, it can prevent you from getting in a very simple door. If you are not familiar with skinning doors, please take the time to watch this one out of all of the other videos.

Double Door Forcible Entry (Part 2)

Posted 10/07/2014 by IRONSandLADDERS
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This is the second part of the forcible entry videos covering double doors with drop bars. Several different doors will be forced with the irons and some saw assistance. These are well built doors and security setups, a good foundation in irons work will set you up for success on most real world problems.

Double Doors with Double Drop Bars (Forcible Entry Video)

Posted 10/03/2014 by IRONSandLADDERS
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This video will cover a couple tactics that can be utilized during forcible entry on double doors. Double doors require a few quick and easy points that will make your operation go much smoother. Drop bars on double doors is a very common way to secure these, however this type of setup can waste a huge amount of valuable time if you get too focused on the large variety of bolt patterns you have to choose from. There is a simple step by step approach to look at these bolts to save yourself time and energy. The following video shows two examples, one being done with conventional irons work and the valuable 6′ steel hook, the other being with an irons and saw combination. These are two relatively quick ways to get in when you look at the big picture and what you going up against. If this is the backside of your fire occupancy where firefighters are operating interior, you have no other option but to get in, and be efficient at doing so. We will have several other videos soon showing some other options.

Open Enrollment Forcible Entry in Eagle CO

Posted 08/05/2014 by IRONSandLADDERS
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Now Open, one of the last open enrollment classes of the year. This class has very limited spots on each day. Please sign up as soon as possible to reserve a seat. August 15th or 16th in Eagle County CO.

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High Shoulder Throw (Beam Raises).

Posted 07/27/2014 by IRONSandLADDERS
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This is a critical skill for practical ladder work against real world problems. Many places still teach the chicken wing with a flat raise against the building as a standard test passing skill. The chicken wing and flat raise can be a setup for failure with many different fire ground scenarios. For example, this picture illustrates very common problems found all over the country. Balconies, large soffits, overhangs, parking garage recesses, alleys that require you to approach parallel with the building, vehicles, and many others not mentioned. These all require a beam raise out in the open, which is easily accomplished with the high shoulder carry. This throw is easily accomplished by all heights, weights and strengths of firefighters. It is almost all technique and leverage that just simply requires quality training.
Don’t just teach someone how to do a skill like the high shoulder throw, make sure you reinforce it with the why we need the skill. Find the examples in your own area and put it to the test. It guarantees you won’t ever forget why we use it and why you are teaching it. It also lets you defend your choice with real application, not just because someone said it was better.

One last advantage. The beauty of the high shoulder throw is its ability to overcome the problems shown in the picture and at the same time works in every other place that someone could have pulled off the chicken wing with a flat raise.

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