Why do we still kick open doors? I can understand the flimsy hollow-core interior doors, but I’ve seen firefighters kick, and kick, and kick, and kick, exterior doors at private dwellings, apartment buildings and commercial structures. At times with tools in hand.
What is this doing to the forcible entry skills we learn? When we have a tool in hand, and we aren’t using it, do we lose that little bit of educational edge we may have had if we had used the tool?
Are you pissing away hard earned money when you go to the conferences and hands-on training, taking forcible entry classes, when kicking a door is your automatic response?
I’m just thinking out loud, not picking on the guy.
What do you think?
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