Derry firefighters’ latest training is a show of force
To hone their skills, members of the Derry Fire Department conducted forcible entry training this week, Battalion Chief Jack Webb said in a news release. The training was coordinated by Derry firefighter and New Hampshire Fire Academy Instructor Steve Hussey.
During the training, firefighters used a lightweight wood and steel residential door prop. The door prop was built for the fire department by a welding class at Pinkerton Academy. Firefighters also used a second prop, a heavy steel door that was designed by New York Fire Department firefighter Michael Perrone, Webb said.
Along with the practical training, firefighters reviewed videos, and attended small group discussions and a brief lecture on forcible entry.Some of the hand tools used in forcible entry include a TnT sledgehammer and a device called “the irons,” which consist of a Halligan tool and flat-head ax. They also used a device known as a “rabbit tool,” or hand-held hydraulic door spreader, to force open locked doors, Webb said.