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    I started fighting fires way back in 1967 and one of the forcible entry classes I attended through the University of Missouri Firemanship Training exposed me to a device called the Detroit Door Opener. As I recall, it worked on a lever principle and easily ripped the door, frame and all right out of the wall.

    I haven't seen or used one since and was wondering if anyone else had used one or had any information, photos, etc.

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    We had one when I started and it has since been taken from service. I was shown how to use it once during my proby days and never saw it used in the field. I'll take a peak around and see if it's hiding somewhere for some pics.

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    I found a reference on the web with a picture. See attached. Pretty easy to see how it works.

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    I think our training division still has one in a shed. I'll see if I can locate it next week....
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    Pretty neat write-up with pictures.

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    rsqman, Where are you from?

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    I have one on my antique.....Wish I had it at some tough forcible entry jobs I have been at in the past......
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    I was told ours is still in our storage garage, I'll pull it out Sunday and get some pics.

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    I thought a Detroit door opener was a boot.

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    can someone get a picture of it set up in a working position. All I ever see is pictures of it lying on a table or the floor, I've never seen one in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    can someone get a picture of it set up in a working position. All I ever see is pictures of it lying on a table or the floor, I've never seen one in person.
    Go to that link in post #5, it gives a complete description with pictures, pretty cool!!!!
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    won't let me view the pages, says I've reached an unavailable page or reached my limit of viewable pages

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsqman View Post
    I started fighting fires way back in 1967 and one of the forcible entry classes I attended through the University of Missouri Firemanship Training exposed me to a device called the Detroit Door Opener. As I recall, it worked on a lever principle and easily ripped the door, frame and all right out of the wall.

    I haven't seen or used one since and was wondering if anyone else had used one or had any information, photos, etc.

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    Default Detroit door opener

    I'm in Port Allen, LA now, across the river from Baton Rouge, with the Erwinville VFD. I grew up in the fire service, 2nd generation, in the Harrisonville Legionnaire VFD, just south of KC, MO. From there to Oklahoma State University where I got my degree in fire protection. Overseas from there as a contract federal firefighter in Thule, Greenland followed by Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Back to MO as an investigator for the state fire marshal's office then to Louisiana State University Firemen Training Program as an instructor in the industrial section for 16 years. After a change in management I couldn't live with I formed my own training company, Emergency Response Training, Inc., in 1995. Now I travel around the world teaching and seeing some really strange things.

    My question about the Detroit Door Opener was strictly nostalgia-related. Thanks to everyone for the quick and informative responses. What else would you expect from a bunch of firefighters?

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    My dad talks about these things and says that they were one hell of a tool. Only one I have seen was in the Buffalo Fire Museum.
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    At the time we had them they worked great. You had to be careful that you didn't get a finger or two under the plate as you fitted it under the door know or other things. Halligans were a better tool and was easy to handle over the DDO!!
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    rsqman - we had one on the truck when I started, a little after you (Jul '69). I can't ever remember seeing it used at a fire or even a drill. Did see it how to use it though. At that time there was no such thing as a Hurst Tool. Congrats on 42 years in the fire service.
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    Guess I'm just a rookie here with 36 years on the job . . . but I used a Detroit Door Opener on a couple of occasions during my early years. It's a VERY powerful tool, using only mechanical advantage to open the door. Which it most certainly will. All of our truck companies used to carry them - I think we have five or six of them up in the loft at the Division of Training - we use one of them to "stump the rookies" during recruit classes now. You would wet your pants laughing while watching the probies try to figure out what it is and how it works.
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