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Door Control for Civilians Is Nothing New!

Door control has always been a major talking point in any good fire prevention program. Although some how there hasn’t been an emphasis placed on it in the last 10 years or so. Which is why I have become so passionate about it in the last five years or so to bring an emphasis of it in our current fire prevention programs today.  Take a look at some outstanding Close The Door messages throughout the years.

Close the Door  awareness 1960s:

A special thanks to Chief Brian Kazmierzak for sending this video my way!

Close the Door awareness late 1990s:

Close the Door awareness today:

Please make every effort to spread this message in your community!

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Captain John Shafer

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Comment by John Shafer on February 14, 2014 at 2:21pm

Amen Kevin Dippolito! Thanks for reading brother Stay safe.

Comment by Kevin Dippolito on February 14, 2014 at 2:00pm

John, good post.

Your post makes me think of the recent "science" and laboratory test which show closing the door behind the attack line (or closing it as much as possible) as we make a push on the fire helps control the progression of fire. REALLY??? Now by no means do I want to downplay the validity of the research and tests that were conducted, but it does surprise me that so many people have discussed these results as if it brings to light some earth shattering concept. In reality, the entry door is just another piece of what should be coordinated ventilation between the Engine & the Truck Company.  

As you said in your post, the idea of "closing the door behind you" to limit the oxygen has been something the fire service has preached in fire prevention programs for 60+ years. This concept doesn't become invalid just because fire trucks arrived, it becomes coordinated with suppression.  

Stay safe,


Comment by Bobby Halton on February 7, 2014 at 2:07pm

Hi John good stuff, I remember Vinne Dunn, Tom Brennan, Emanuel Freid, John O'Hagan, Leo Stapleton and this British guy saying essentially the same thing!   "on the first discovery of fire , it is the utmost consequence to shut, and keep shut all windows. It may often be observed, after a house has been on fire, that one floor is comparatively untouched, while those above and below are nearly burned out, this arises from a door on that particular floor having been shut, and the air track (draught) directed else where." James Braidwood  London Fire Establishment 1866. You can't make this stuff up! Thanks for a good post Bobby 

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