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When is it time to move on…..


“When it comes to forcible entry, we must have options. We must have a plan A, B, C, D, and so on. Even residential forcible entry does not have a “one size fits all” method to success. In order to have multiple plans, we must be adaptable with our tool selection. We also must recognize when our methods aren’t working and when it is time to move to the next plan.” Chapter 19, Page 192.


 The benefit of the internet and social media has been the easy access to information to learn, drill, and hone our craft. With this benefit, most in our trade have read and drilled down the basics techniques in forcible entry.  So it would hopefully be safe to assume most are familiar, and implement, a Shock-Gap-Set-Force-Control mantra to their forcible entry operations.


What is missing from that process is what happens when the door doesn’t cooperate? The firefighter eloquently goes through the process and yet the door doesn’t give way to his fine technique, what’s next?


It is vital that our playbook has many plays and we recognize when to implement each one. The question for the Sunday Preach, and for your kitchen table with your members is, when do you decide to move to the next plan or the next door when your first attempt doesn’t work? Is it after a certain of attempts? Time? Effort?


Whatever it is, make sure all of your members know the expectation and are ready to execute to that level but first, share here so we can continue to use this platform to learn, drill, and hone our craft.

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