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Basic Irons Class

Course Overview

This is our bread & butter class! A lot can be accomplished on the fireground with only hand tools.
This course is designed to help you develop the skills and good habits necessary to master the craft of forcible entry with some of our most traditional, tried and true tools of the trade. When lives are on the line and seconds count are you confident in your ability to use these tools proficiently? Is it bevel to door or bevel to jamb? Are there multiple locks? Is your partner stretching the line and you’re at the door by yourself? You’re RIT on the “C” side of a commercial building doing your 360 when a “MAY DAY” comes in for members trapped in the rear, is there a drop bar? Your saw is in the front, now what? Remember sometimes seconds due count, gain the confidence to overcome these situations on the fire ground by taking this hands on 9 hour course using only the irons and conventional tools.
Our Classes are taught by experienced FF’s using the best props available that closely mimic many real world forcible entry challenges. We also use displays and laminated pictures of actual challenges that will help lead discussions that will be reinforced with plenty of hands on repetitions.
The course is presented in two sections, Residential in the morning and Commercial in the afternoon with a 30 minute lunch in between. The day will finish with timed team evolutions using multiple techniques in sequence to overcome real world forcible entry challenges, the winning team members will each receive a pair of modified channel locks.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to help Firefighters develop the skills and habits necessary to master the craft of conventional forcible entry using some of our most important tools of the trade.
Upon completion of this course Firefighters will be able to dress and set up their tools for success, perform a rapid size up to identify and defeat multiple forcible entry challenges, account for door control, effectively use commands to enhance communication, develop safe striking techniques, and perform the appropriate standardized techniques while working alone or as part of a team while maintaining a plan A, B and C for a given situation.
Firefighters will learn standardized, predictable communication and techniques that are necessary for a safe and successful operation.
To effectively mitigate a high stress, unpredictable event, we must be able to communicate to all rescue members our intent and predict each other’s actions based on standardized training and techniques.

Topics and Skills

Residential
Locked cyclone gates
Forcing & Breaking Pad locks
Security screen doors
2 FF inward opening door
1 FF inward opening door Wood jamb / Baseball bat swing
Window bars- (prying)
Commercial buildings
2 FF outward opening
1 FF outward opening
Defeat actual drop bar & carriage bolts (“C” side doors)
Thru the lock- mortise locks, panic hardware (“A” side glass doors)
Overcome skinning real metal doors with the Tunneling/Crush Techniques

Duration

9 Hours

Advanced Irons Class

Course Overview

The Advanced Irons & Saw Class expands on the techniques from the Basic Irons Class and adds many new challenges and tools. The class begins with a hands on review of basic conventional inward and outward opening door techniques, followed by a comprehensive forcible entry saw overview to include safe starting & handling techniques, daily / weekly checks, blades, blade changes, inboard vs outboard mounting & trouble shooting techniques.
This will bring us to our advanced skills stations covering both residential & commercial forcible entry challenges that involve Irons & saw work.
This class in addition to the Basic Irons Class is designed to provide a solid base for most fireground forcible entry challenges. The class will conclude with all students participating in timed team evolutions, with the winning team members each receiving a mini halligan bottle opener.

Advanced skills topics

Dead-end or confined hallways/bottom of stairway: Learn to work as a team in confined entryways.
No visibility: Putting conventional Irons skills together in a limited to no visibility environment with diminished communications due to wearing a mask.
Residential garage / overhead doors: Students will learn multiple methods to cut and secure residential & commercial doors.
Open Grate style roll downs: Students will learn how to defeat these specialized gates with TTL techniques & cutting techniques.
OVM / Outward opening door work: methods for additional leverage and use of limited tools.
Window bar removal: Learn how to quickly cut & clear a window bar system from both ground level and off ladders.
Roll down gates: Students will learn efficient techniques to create the largest openings in the shortest period of time, how to pull slats & defeat the common locking mechanisms with these gates.
Pad locks and hockey puck locks: Learn to identify locks that can be easily pried from those that must be cut, and how to use a saw to cut difficult locks & chain in awkward positions.
“A” side glass doors: Learn how to Gap & Cut one of the most common commercial entry doors with a saw.
“C” side outward opening doors & drop bars: Learn to cut shield guards, dead bolts, carriage bolts, and hinges followed by conventional Irons work to get thru these doors when seconds count.

Duration

9 Hours

First Due for THEM

Course Overview & Objectives

This course will give you the skills to pull up 1st due, bring your tools, stretch the line, force the door and mask up in the most efficient way possible in order to make a grab or advance the hose line when seconds count!
Firefighters will develop the skills and habits necessary to begin to master the craft of conventional forcible entry using some of our most important tools of the trade.
Upon completion of this course Firefighters will be able to stretch and charge a hose line rapidly, bring appropriate tools for success, perform a rapid size up to identify and defeat multiple forcible entry challenges, maintain door control, effectively use commands to enhance communication, develop safe striking techniques, perform the appropriate standardized forcible entry techniques while working alone or as part of a team in addition to learning to mask up in the most efficient way possible.

Topics and Skills

INTRO, TOOLS, SIZE UP, COMMANDS, SAFE HITTING TECHNIQUES, DOOR CONTROL
2 FF INWARD OPENING DOOR
1 FF INWARD OPENING DOOR
FF MASK UP/SIZE UP/ MAKE GRAB WITH FORCIBLE ENTRY
2 FF OUTWARD OPENING DOOR
1 FF OUTWARD OPENING DOOR
2 FF EVOLUTIONS (stretch hose lines, force doors, mask up, move & flow, make grab)

Duration

9 Hours

"Irons Ready"

Course Overview & Objectives

It’s all in the name! This course will ensure you’re READY to use these tools of our trade to force an inward or outward opening door as a two person team.
Firefighters will develop the skills and habits necessary to begin to master the craft of conventional forcible entry using some of our most important tools of the trade.
Upon completion of this course Firefighters will be able to dress and set up their tools for success, perform a rapid size up to identify and defeat multiple forcible entry challenges, maintain door control, effectively use commands to enhance communication, develop safe striking techniques, and perform the appropriate standardized techniques while working as part of a team while maintaining a plan A, B and C for a given situation.

Topics

Intro, Tools, Size Up, Commands, Safe Striking Techniques, Door Control
2 FF Inward Opening Doors
2 FF Outward Opening Doors

Duration

3 Hours

Irons + One

Course Overview & Objectives

This short course will ensure you’re ready to use these tools of our trade to force an inward or outward opening door as a two person team and an inward opening door by yourself. There are many things (organized chaos) happening on the fireground simultaneously and whether you’re short staffed or your partner is stretching the line and you’re at the door by yourself you must at a minimum start to force the door by yourself or hopefully have it forced and controlled at the ready for your partner and the line. Don’t waste time waiting for help!
Firefighters will develop the skills and habits necessary to begin to master the craft of conventional forcible entry using some of our most important tools of the trade.
Upon completion of this course Firefighters will be able to dress and set up their tools for success, perform a rapid size up to identify and defeat multiple forcible entry challenges, maintain door control, effectively use commands to enhance communication, develop safe striking techniques, and perform the appropriate standardized techniques while working as part of a team or as an individual while maintaining a plan A, B and C for a given situation.

Topics

Intro, Tools, Size Up, Commands, Safe Striking Techniques, Door Control
2 FF Inward Opening Doors
2 FF Outward Opening Doors
1 FF Inward Opening Doors

Duration

4 hours

 

"Through-the-Lock" Drill Session

Course Overview & Objectives

Firefighters will develop the skills and habits necessary to begin to master the craft of "Through the Lock" techniques for both residential and commercial buildings. They will learn the appropriate technique for many given situations in order to minimize damage for the owner and gain access as quickly and effectively as possible.
Upon completion of this course Firefighters will be able to explain the difference between rim vs mortise locks, K tool vs Rex tool and appropriate key tools, top of the dead bolt vs pulling it, identifying key in the knob insets, pulling the door handle or knobs vs the shrouds. FF’s will also develop a plan A, B, C & D for gaining entry into glass store front doors and why taking glass is a last resort in addition to many other challenges and techniques.

Topics

Residential- Rim locks, Mortise Locks, Door Knobs, Dead Bolts, Chain Latches & Hotel Swing Latches
Commercial- “A” side glass doors, Mortise Locks, Panic Hardware

Duration

3 Hours