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11-29-2009, 02:32 PM #1
Recently while operating at a Taxpayer, we came across yet another hazard for FF's - a chain link security gate. Although I am sure these are nothing new, its more of thier location that present an issue.
The UPS store in my district has a small area in the front of the store where mailboxes are available. Customers after hours use a pin code or some other device to access the front door and enter the area to get their mail. To prevent access to the shipping area after hours, a chain link security gate was installed. The gate runs floor to ceiling, wall to wall and about 12 feet in from the front door. No, if conditions are bad and you enter this area, you probably will not see this gate till you are right up on it or entangled in it. We found this one was while operating at a smoke condition in the occupancy next door. Its not a very secure gate, in terms of getting through it. A rotary saw with a metal blade will easily cut through the links allowing you access.
Also at the same assignment, we came across a roll down gate, inside the rear door. Now, if you are the OV, on a taxpayer fire, your assignment should be to get to the rear and gain access. Make sure you bring what you might need, Irons - switch the flat head for a maul, Force Entry Saw, radio and whatever else you may need. Remember, the rear is where the storage is and is generally the most secure door.
Its important to pre-plan and be observant while out and about in your dist."The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it". -T. Roosevelt
11-30-2009, 12:03 PM #2
Re: Security Gates
knowledge and experience in your area and with types of buildings are key to being a good ovm. i have seen many ovm take everything but the kitchen sink to the rear. get to the rear give a report and call for tools as needed. but you should know what you need to get started in the rear of a commercial building or taxpayer in your area. if you are cutting locks to get the roll up gates make sure you have enough blade to get them all if not then you might want to go right after the roll down. i know in some areas they have "customized" security devises built around the locks or pins. then is it worth it to go after the locks or go for the gate.
there is a good site for door size up and different things that the ovm might come across.
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