Hampton Lumber donates forcible-entry simulator to Banks Fire District

Banks – On September 12, Portland-based Hampton Lumber, which operates a mill in Banks, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the donation of a forcible-entry simulator for use by the Banks Fire District.

The forcible-entry simulator is constructed of heavy steel, which was built by East Coast Rescue Solutions (ECRS), a company dedicated to building high-quality products and providing expert training for firefighters throughout the U.S. — ECRS’s roots can be traced back more than 100 years to the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) “and other major metropolitan fire departments,” according to the ECRS website.

The forcible-entry simulated doorways, which each weigh about 500 pounds, allow firefighters realistic, hands-on experience breaching inward- and outward-swinging doors, and training for using circular saw operations for cutting metal braces, as well as cutting padlocks, and popping hinges that typically and often prevent firefighters from entering structures and homes.

The Banks Fire District wished to thank Hampton Lumber “for their generous donation towards the specialized training that our firefighters continue to receive,” a joint press release states from Hampton Lumber and the Banks Fire District.

“We are extremely appreciative to Hampton Lumber,” Banks Fire District Spokesperson Mitch Ward said. “Their contribution certainly helps us in training. We had to use makeshift devices in the past. This allows us to repeatedly use close to the real thing, especially with the circular saw — cutting rebar through braces to gain entry, (because) it’s like we’re not cutting into the proper door. It’s built like a door so we can put on brackets or rebar on the other side and lock it to then cut through it. So we’re actually cutting into (material behind the “door”), and not cutting anything actually from the unit at all.”

Watch Banks Fire District personnel use the new forcible-entry simulator below.

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