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Comment by Frank Ricci on December 27, 2010 at 5:25pm

While Joe is a great instuctor and this is a great way to remove a door it should be used as a last resort. Doors are firefighters friends. For the engine guys if you loss water you will be glad there is a door to close as an place of refuge. For the Truck and Rescue guys and girls closing doors is key to a safe search. Closing the door behind you when your searching has many benifits. When you take the windows you will have no impact on the fire if the line is not in place. The room will clear reducing the chemical cocktail we call smoke. Most of all you can ensure the search is complete before opening the door. Check the conditions and than and only than if the line is in place chock it open to aid in ventalation. How many times do we see firefighters jump out windows or bailout because they fail to shut the door in the room they get pushed into. Any bailout training should include closing the door behind them before they bail. Note this is not possible if you remove the door or are caught in a living room or other room with no door.

Be Safe,

Frank

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