Brotherhood Instructors believes in having multiple plans in mind for any forcible entry situation. A back-up plan for forcing an outward opening door can be cutting the locks. We prefer to gap the door away from the frame and cut the throw of the lock as opposed to cutting the door, known as the "bird beak cut". The bird beak cut seldom works since it is very difficult to cut completely through the door due to the door frame getting in the way.
If you decide to cut the locks, gap the door away from the jamb using the halligan or axe. Start the saw blade spinning at a low RPM to make a groove in the bolt of the lock and then throttle to full RPM to complete the cut. This is an especially helpful technique when dealing with foot bolts. Having the power saw set up in the outboard position will allow the saw to better cut the foot bolts. Click here for our previous blog on foot bolts. Be sure when cutting the bolt of any lock to cut as close to the door as possible. This will ensure that the lock can not re-latch once the tool holding the gap has been removed.