These locks have been made to look like the American 700 series locks, high-security locks that are very popular because they look substantial and appear difficult to break open. To an unprepared firefighter, these types of locks can hold up quite well to traditional forcible-entry methods. These locks have a hardened shackle that can withstand even the largest pair of bolt cutters.
In a recent Brotherhood Instructors, LLC. lecture we discussed parapet walls and their hazards to firefighters. Here is a little more explanation along with some photos to illustrate the point. Parapet walls were typically brick or block construction but have changed over the years to incorporate other construction materials as well.
Nationwide, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the use of the trench cut. In this “Trench Cut” series, we will discuss the background of the trench cut and the specific types of structures for which it was designed. As with several concepts in the fire service, the trench cut has been adapted […]
This video clip demonstrates conventional forcible entry techniques for outward opening doors. At first glance this door appears to be only locked by a key in the knob lock. The halligan is set approximately 6″ above the knob but when the door is pried it becomes obvious that there are other locking devices in place. […]
After locating a downed firefighter the packaging and removal process of the firefighter will be the next step. Packaging and removing a downed firefighter will without question be one of the toughest and most stressful operations that a firefighter will ever have to do in his/her career because we are now rescuing one of our […]