In the fire service, the term “forcible entry” is defined as the act of gaining entry into a building or occupancy via a door, window or even through a wall, by the use of force. It is important to understand that a fire cannot be extinguished, searches cannot be completed, extension of fire cannot be prevented, and individuals incapacitated due to medical reasons cannot be rescued until entry is made into a building. To accomplish this task, there are an assortment of tools and techniques designed to allow firefighters to quickly gain access and limit damage to structures when applicable.
During the month of April members of the Brewster Fire Department conducted classroom and hands-on based refresher training on these forcible entry techniques using the department’s Multi-Force forcible entry door prop. The training which was conducted by Captain Dan Kimball and Firefighter Scott Romer covered a number of subjects including door and lock types, window types, use of forcible entry on inward and outward opening doors, use of power and hydraulic tools, and team based hands-on operations.