In April of 2011, Brotherhood Instructors conducted 3 days of "Beyond the Academy: Forcible Entry Operations" training at the IPIQ training facility in Laval Quebec. The IPIQ is the province wide training facility for all career firefighters in Quebec and roughly translates to: "Institute for the Protection Against the Fires of Quebec". After class last year we toured several City of Montreal firehouses and discovered that the forcible entry tools provided by the department were somewhat lacking – 3 piece pinned halligans and pick head axes. After the three days of training we left feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment that we were able to share our forcible entry knowledge and experiences with firefighters that were so eager to learn and put these techniques to use.
Shortly after receiving the above photo we came across this photo from a fire in Montreal. 1 piece halligan, flat head axe, and the gap and cut technique that we review in our course! The member on the right in the blue helmet had attended the class. Thanks to www.coderouge.com for the use of the picture.
We were in invited back this year to conduct our "Beyond the Academy: Advanced Forcible Entry Ops" course for the academy staff as well as an open enrollment forcible entry weekend course. We were pleased to hear that since our course last year, the City of Montreal has equipped each of its companies with a 1 piece drop forged halligan and flat head axe. The instructors at the IPIQ facility have also begun integrating hands-on forcible entry training into their recruit school. The academy purchased two door props from H & R Machine and now teaches students to force inward and outward opening doors. Forcible entry scenarios are then integrated in everything from EMS training to RIT scenarios.
We would like to thank the IPIQ for having us out to teach their academy staff We are extremely proud that our teachings will now be passed along to every firefighter in the province of Quebec. We hope that these techniques serve you well on the fireground and improve your abilities to serve your communities.