Recently, some of the officers of the Downingtown Fire Dept. traveled to New York City to get trained and pick-up the new Firehouse Innovations Corp. ( www.firehouseinnovations.com ) “Multi-Force” Forcible Entry Door Systems Prop. Firehouse Innovations and the Mulit-Force Door System were created by Mike Perrone, who is a 32 year member of the FDNY and is currently with Ladder 175 in Brooklyn, NY. The DFD team spent several hours with Mike, in his driveway, learning new techniques in forcible entry, on our new prop, from a an expert that does this everyday!
This new door prop is a valuable training tool for the volunteers of the DFD and it allows us to do much-needed forcible entry training in a safe and controlled environment, whenever we want to do it, right here in Downingtown. In the past, we would only be able to conduct live forcible entry training on acquired abandon, generally unsafe, structures, within Downingtown Borough or East Caln Twp. And, we do not find many abandon structures structures in our neighborhoods, therefore we do not get many opportunities do have live training within our first-due district!
The following is information from the Firehouse Innovations website about the door system: “This patented door system provides the ability to force left or right-handed, opening in or opening out doors, metal or wood jambs. All on the same door system. You can even use angle iron on the door to simulate high security apartment doors.
This door allows you to use the gapping method and conventional forcible entry methods on opening-in metal jams (like on apartment doors). Hydra-Rams & Rabbit Tools can also be used.