Controlling The Door

John J. Salka Jr. discusses the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to leave a door open or closing it when searching in a structural fire.


The forcible entry team of a ladder company climbs the stairs to the fifth floor of a 100-year-old tenement building and begins to use its tools to gain entry into an apartment which contains several rooms of fire. After quickly opening the door with the help of a hydraulic forcible entry...


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John J. Salka Jr., a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 15-year veteran of the FDNY and the captain of Engine 48 in the Bronx. He is an assistant chief of the South Blooming Grove, NY, Fire Department, an adjunct instructor at the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, NY, and an instructor at the Orange County, NY, Fire Training Center.