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Forcible Entry

The techniques used to gain access into a structure whose normal means of entry is locked or blocked. Proper application of these techniques and minimization of damage is an indication of the level of professionalism within a department.

The efficiency of firefighters in forcing entrance to a building is dependent on two major factors:
(1) choosing the appropriate tool(s) and
(2) applying the proper technique to the structural component.

The efficiency of forcible entry operations involves more than the successful penetration of a building exterior. Entry must also be accomplished with a minimum of damage. The ability to gain entrance with a minimum of damage is a forcible entry objective consistent with the overall goal of preserving property.

Some actions taken to access doorways can be defined as "through the lock" or "around the lock" depending on the techniques used. (IFSTA)

The links below demonstrate forcible entry techniques.