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Open Enrollment Forcible Entry in Eagle CO


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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Revisiting the Past


While I gear up for some new material I thought it was appropriate to revisit some of the most popular articles that have been posted on here over the last couple of years. These all deal with forcible entry, but we do write stuff based on other topics believe it or not, it just seems like the best ones usually come from the technical side of forcible entry, and really breaking down the basics. Thanks for the support. Never did I imagine these articles would get as many views as they did, it is encouraging and what drives me to continue posting more. Thanks

Here is an old one, where we break down the differences in quality made Halligans that are designed for work, and other bars that are sold to make money without function in mind. Make sure you know the difference before your next purchases.
Halligan Bars…They are not the same. 

Here we are breaking down the basics and the noticeable differences between mortise and rim cylinders. The more we know about their function, the easier it is for us to operate them when the time comes to go through the lock. Take the time now, to make this operation only a few seconds when it counts.
Mortise Cylinders V.S Rim Cylinders

Halligans will do the job straight from the factory, but are they at their best? Absolutely not. This will guide you through the steps to take your Halligan from a sloppy high school football player and turn it into a well tuned Super Bowl champion. Make sure your bar is ready for game day.   Fine Tuning Your Halligan

The Truckies version of the great nozzle debate, which way do you prefer to set your Halligan when forcing inward swinging doors? Neither way is wrong, as long as you know the strengths and weaknesses of each.                                                                        Bevel To The Door V.S Bevel To The Jamb

Here is the specs that we have found to create the most spot on set of modified channelocks we can come up with. If your ready to make a pair for yourself, check out this article for a step by step guide to walk you through it.  Thru The Lock Pliers (Modified Channelocks)

This article talks about an experience that backs up everything we have ever spoke about regarding real halligans v.s their cheaper made counter parts. Don’t get caught in the fire service gimmicks! Imitation Halligans, A Setup For Failure.

A short simple article covering a great street proven way to clear your flooded saw. This is basic saw 101 information, but it can make or break your whole operation when it counts. Make sure you know how to field clear your saw.  Clearing A Flooded Saw

I hear over and over again, “Oh, this one has a drops bar, we would  have to wait for the saws”, well we are here to say the Irons are a powerful tool, and we should be taught solid tactics with hands tools and how to overcome everything possible with the Irons before we ever wait for any mechanical tool. The better you are with the Irons, the better you will be with the saws. Are you ready to handle anything with your Irons?  Tonights Matchup…Irons V.S Carriage Bolts.

As you can see by the articles, we Love a good set of Irons!!

Ray McCormack – Full Day Class in January 2010


A couple of guys who have been working to put this class together sent us over some information and the attached flier. Ray McCormack will be teaching a class on two different topics as follows:

Engine Company Errors- The Dirty Dozen

Line Boss- About the Engine Officer and Hose work

These classes will be limited to the first 100 people who sign up and only cost 50 dollars for the full day class. A tip of the hat to the two guys (twoknuckleheads) that spent the time and energy in making this class possible. Please review the attached flier and hang it in your firehouse if you would like to help spread the word.

A detailed description on the classes and registration information can be found in the attachment. If you are interested please do not contact IRONSandLADDERS rather use the email address found on the flier. We do not want to be responsible for you losing your spot before the class fills up.  



Update: 50 out of 100 spots have been filled

Update: 75 out of 100 spots have been filled

Update: 90 out of 100 spots have been filled




Hockey Puck Locks




 These “hockey puck locks” commonly made by American Lock Company and Master Lock are starting to pop up all over. No matter who they are made by they all have the same design and specs. The common factor of these locks is that the shackle or pin is completely hidden. This disables you from using any kind of bolt cutters. An option I have seen done but never tried myself is by twisting these off with a pipe wrench. Possible I guess, if you are thinking far enough ahead to be carrying a pipe wrench. We tried prying with a halligan with little success and many of these are mounted with guards to prevent you from doing any type of prying. These are only as strong as their hasp, a weak one will be pried off easily with the lock still attached. What we show below is a specific cut using the demo saw with an abrasive blade.

 To start here is a few of the common uses and guards that these locks will be found on.


.  The most important step in making the right cut is finding the proper location. It is critical because you only have about a half inch area that this procedure can be done within to defeat the pin. Locate the keyway of the lock. You want to make your cut ¾ of the lock away from the keyway. This will effectively defeat the lock by cutting away the pin where it is exposed on its underside. The picture below is probably much clearer.


Once this cut is completed the lock may just fall of the hasp, or you may have to pull it off which should take nothing more than your hand. The picture below lets you see the underside of the lock and what you are defeating.

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This allows you to see how they are attached underneath the lock.

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The overall operation should only take you 20 to 30 seconds.

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A group of us got to talking and decided they needed a way to share their experiences and training across Firehouses all over the city. IRONSandLADDERS is dedicated to the down and dirty grunt work of the fire service. We at encourage any firefighters to submit content or comment on the topics at hand. Thank you to a couple of the old guys that have been our mentors and given us the drive to learn our trade of fighting fire. To learn more about the name and vision of this site check out the “About Us” page at the top. Going to work

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