Last night our volunteer fire recruit class did forcible entry. Everyone did well except for prying an inward swinging door. For this particular exercise we were limited to only a Halligan and flat head ax. Only one group actually gained entry and it was a time consuming process. Any pointers?
was thinking outward swinging door.. sorry for the confusion if you read it
Watch these videos, I think they will help tremendously. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sf6Y...FiQ5wb&index=8. Also check out fire engineering's training minutes, tons of good videos.
If you watched the above video you saw him pry straight outward while adz end was between door and jamb, and then afterward he pushed down to get the wide plane of adz to spread the door. If you do both at once- pry outward and also push downward- you've got a real good shot at getting door in one move.
You can laso use fork end of halligan. Start with bevel side of fork against door frame (concave side of fork will be facing door). Drive fork end in past the frame and then push adz end toward wall.
Whichever end you use, make sure to angle tool as it is driven in so that it gets past door stop.
Got confused as to what type of door you were forcing. Above post concerns outward swinging door.
For inward swinging door, start with bevel side of fork against door. Start at slight angle so as to get tip past doorstop and then increase angle more toward perpendicular position. Drive fork in past jamb and then push adz end inward, forcing door open.
You can use axe to drive point of halligan into door jamb with adz facing down and then using that as a pivot point, push down on fork end. This will cause adz end to force door open.
For inward or outward the tool (regardless of which part is used) should be within a couple of inches above or below locking mechanism. For multiple locks, you may have to attack door in several positions, each time in vicinity of a lock.
I tried these techniques and had more success. With the point of the halligan in the jam it worked a lot better prying down toward the floor. In class we were prying toward the hinges and I kept losing my bite.
We were shown something similar to the video above in our training program