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I recently updated the through-the-lock setup that I carry in my gear (see pics below).  For years I had used a modified set of locking pliers (ViseGrip style) with separate key tools and shove knife. This setup has proven extremely effective at both alarm runs and working fires.


I've decided to change my setup to a modified "Channelok" setup.  It's going to allow me merge 2 tools into 1 and I'll be able to store it in a smaller pocket.  I am actually using an Irwin/ Vise Grip brand plier that slide-locks into place (no more finding the right notch) that is modified to match the Kerry Key from Fire Hooks Unlimited (see pic).


Though I was taught early in my career the importance of door and lock knowledge and "alternate" means of gaining access, it is apparent that this is a lost art in the fire service.


Below are some links to great articles, videos and pics.


Happy training and Be SAFE.

Photo by author

Photo by author

Photo by author



"History of Lock Pulling Tools"

"Through the Lock Forcible Entry: Key in the Knob Locks"


Video of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC via YouTube


Video of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC via YouTube



Video from Wichita FD via


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