FIREFIGHTER TRAINING DRILL: THE "OUTBOARD" FORCIBLE ENTRY SAW
By Danny Troxell
Most gasoline-powered rotary "cut-off" saws that are marketed to the fire service come standard from the factory with the blade mounted on the "inboard" side of the saw. While this is fine for saws set up for roof operations (carbide-tipped blade), saws that are set up for forcible entry operations with an aluminum oxide or diamond-segmented blade can be made infinitely more useful by moving the blade to the outboard side of the saw.
Outboard saws can be placed almost flat on a surface, thus allowing flush cuts to be made in many forcible entry situations. Converting a saw from inboard to outboard is a fairly simple operation that can be done in the firehouse with simple tools. This drill contains the steps of operation to perform this conversion that are applicable to most brands of saws currently on the market.
Chris has been a firefighter for the past 19 yrs currently working for The Chicago Fire Dept. assigned to Tower Ladder 23 . Chris is an Instructor for Chicago Fire Academy as well as Gateway Tech. College, and I.F.S.I. Chris began his career in Wisconsin, where he is originally from and came to Chicago in 2009. Chris also designed and patented The King Ceiling Prop and now runs King Training Innovations LLC.