One of our greatest forcible entry challenges is getting firefighters repetitions, especially on commercial doors. We made a trip to the Attica Venice Reed (AVR) Fire District with a homemade prop that helped get some reps for the firefighters. The AVR FD is a progressive organization that really seems to get the morale and motivation up by training. Check them out on Facebook. For the rest of this post we will cover a few teaching points from the class in Attica and a modification to the prop for those that have been following it. For previous posts on the prop, click here, here, here or type in forcible entry into the search box
One of the greatest keys to forcible entry is practice and repetition. We had a great training tonight with the members of the Berlin Township (OH) FD with my homemade prop that is nearing 800 forces. This prop has been key to teaching forcible entry techniques over and over, especially on commercial doors.
Check out previous posts, videos, and pictures of this prop in action here and here. After reviewing the previous posts on the Gap / Set / Force techniques read on below about filling the gap. (more…)