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Forage Fire & Company instructor, Todd Shepard discusses techniques for forcing open inward facing doors in residential situations at Carolina Fire Days 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In this door breaching tools training video, Forage Fire & Company instructor, Todd Shepard discusses techniques for forcing open inward facing doors in residential situations, emphasizing the importance of utilizing gaps caused by weather stripping for easier entry, and describes a unique method involving hand placement and sliding punch to effectively target the lock, facilitating smoother operations, especially in low visibility conditions.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION:

Residential. inward forcing we have the luxury of weather stripping most of the time, right?

With that said, I really don’t need to work on a boot to get my purchase because it’s not tight. Almost always I can just get a purchase above or below the lock as close as possible. How I do that, it’s unique. I actually put my hand here in here and I put the ads back on the door about six inches, and I, slide punch the tip to my target.

The reason I do that is that takes me to where I need to be every time. So now if I’m in low vis, I can do it because it’s making me do that. Rather than this placing it without making contact to the door.
I can’t do that if I can’t see as easy. So, if I do this every time here, it’s going to go there. All right.

Now I’m going to go middle the door. Like I said, if I don’t have to work a can opener and a boot and work my way up. Okay?

So, catcher first. There you go.

Good. Always in your lever to step out towards you.

Roll it up or pull to me. Good. Now drop it back down.