Forcible Entry Tools

FAO25

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Forcible Entry or Open Up Tools as they are called someplaces go beyond the axe and the Halligan Bar. In fact some of the greatest variety and experimentation have been in developing Open Up tools. While some are universal, like the Pick Head Axe, others may be unique to a region or city.
Image number 1 is the P&Q Door Opener, the Rabbit Tool of it's day, introduced in the 1920's in New England.
Image Number 2 is a Callahan Jimmy used to force doors and windows. It was common in the New England Area until at least 50 years ago and works on the sliding weight principle like a dent puller to seat the prying part
 

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FAO25

Captain
The tools in this post were locally developed in the Manchester N.H. Area.
Not the best picture I realize.
The image on the right is a Door Opener. The Image on the left is a locally produced Ceiling Hook,
 

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doverchief2

Firefighter
Detroit door opener. Pirsch also had a combination tool that was a hose clamp/door opener that had a hinged set of wooden jaws on one end and otherwise worked on the same principle. These worked well from what I understand. The Pirsch model seems pretty unwieldy, and probably looks better on the running board as a decoration than trying to maneuver around with you.
 

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District Chief
the detroit dooor opener we had way back in the 60's was wood and worked on the same ide and i a detroit blog the th retired capt often laughed detroit never had one
 

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District Chief
PHILLY HAH A TRUCKIES AXE IT WAS HAEVIER THEN MOST AX HEADS AND THE PICK AREA HAD A SORT OF WIDE PICK AREA FOR SMASHING THRU WOOD FLOORS FOR DRAINAGE . MANY TIMES THE BUILDERS LAID THE WOOD FLOOR AND THEN ADDED A THIN SMOOTH FLOOR TO LOOK GOOD LIKE IN DEPARTMENT STORES . WITH THE LARGE AMOUNT OF WATER USED THEY HAD TO DRAIN IT OFF SOMEWHERE . MANY FF'S TODAY DON;T SEEM TO WORRY ABOUT WATER WEIGHT , TOODAY . OUR WORKING LINE HAD 1 INCH TIP AND AT 50 LBS ON THE TIP WE FLOWED 210 GPMS /MINUTE . YOU CAN DO THE MATH FROM THERE

THD FUNNY THING TO ME WE COULD HAVE 4 HAND LINES WORKING AND STILL TAKE A BEATING AND HAVE TO BACK OUT SOME OF MY BUILDINGS HAD 20 FT CEILINGS . START WATER QUESTIONS EM BATTLELAMP@AOL.COM
 
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