"I am writing to give some
feedback on your Forcible Entry door and your videos.
I am a Post Academy Training
Officer and my duty is to train Probationary Firefighters
every day. I also teach off and on in our Fire Academy.
Your training videos have had an enormous impact here in my
fire department. Since first discovering your videos on
YouTube I immediately started using and teaching your
techniques. Your instruction is excellent. Such good
technique, given in such a simple and logical way makes it
easy for anyone to understand and walk away with a better
skill set. I have shared your videos and techniques with
fellow training officers and Academy Truck instructors and
have gotten a great deal of buy in. So much in fact that I
rewrote the forcible entry section of our Academy Truck SOG
and included many of your techniques and terminology. As a
result, our Fire Recruits are coming out of the Academy with
a better conventional forcible entry skill set than ever before.
I knew that we had to get our hands on one of your props!
The prop is insanely good
because it is very simple to use and requires no reset
time. All that is required is wood. No reset time means
that firefighters stay engaged in the training and get more
reps and more practice. Watch the video, set it up and
start training. Our prop was originally purchased for my
fire station but after realizing that the prop was far
better than what we had at the academy, several of us
decided that it would have the greatest impact there and it
left 10's. So now my training division has purchased two
more doors and we will have one once again at Station 10 and
in the near future at Station 44 when it becomes our
next Post Academy Training station. I am excited about
owning these props because I know the positive impact that
it has already had and will continue to have on our forcible
Thank you for making it all
possible with such a great product and for sharing all of
your experience and skills".
- Chuck Adams / Captain,
Station 10/C, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
I wanted to let you know that we received the Multi-Force door the other day. Man-oh-man, this thing is built like a tank. Even though it weighs 700lbs, It was portable enough that I moved it by myself.
In the past we have either kicked or beat in doors, myself included. It's a technique that should be in our tool box but not something we solely rely on. A senior guy asked me this question one day: What happens when you can't kick the door in? That simple question peaked my interest.
After watching a few of your training videos on YouTube and observing many failed attempts,our folks had on the fire ground. This is when I realized the need to propose the order of your Multi-Force door system in our budget. I had the privilege of testing the door at FDIC 2014 along with a few others. Your door stood on a level far about the rest. It is well built, portable, simple to use and it offers a real world feel.
Like you stated in your training video, "this door will help you develop proper technique". Proper technique will build a skill set that will build confidence in the firefighter. Confidence is key on the fire ground.
We put on our first class utilizing the Multi-Force door a few days ago. The group's body language when they arrived for the class was timid and it was evident they were lacking confidence in their ability.
When the class concluded the guys had a different demeanor. They held their heads high and their chests were stuck out. It was an empowering moment!
This training device took a group of guys that were hesitant and unsure of their skills and it transformed each one of them into firefighters ready to take on a forcible entry job.
Lastly, I would like to brag on you and give kudos in regards to your customer service. It is top notch. When I sent you an email, I wasn't expecting a phone call from you. I also wasn't expecting the promptness and detailed help you provided via voice mail. I was on shift and missed your call. You made sure and followed up a few days later and I had the privilege of speaking with you.
The way you handle your business says a lot about your passion for your craft, the service you provide after the sale, and your character. You are a true pro in our field!
LT. Ryan Keller / Victoria Fire Department / Victoria, Texas
all members of my firehouse recently participated in the initial
training you provided in Palm Beach County, Fl. Our department was
fortunate enough to have purchased the Multi-Force Door System. My
firehouse is one of the busiest in the department. Our primary response
area consists of many challenging residential, commercial, and multiple
residential high-rise buildings. Since this training, my companies had
many occasions to apply the techniques learned in “real world”
application. I am absolutely astonished at the dramatic improvement in
the confidence level of my firefighters. The logical steps you taught
have contributed to our success rate in gaining entry to these
occupancies in a profoundly efficient manner. This type of “back to the
basics” training has served us well by enhancing the knowledge, skills
and abilities of my personnel. I’ve manage to attend training seminars
all over the country. Like many who love the job, I consider all
training to be relative and useful. However, in my 19-years of
professional service, I have never experienced such immediate and
positive results. I commend you for the first-class, high quality
training you’re providing. The Multi-Force Door System will have a
positive impact in the career of thousands of firefighters. Best
- Captain Sean Pamplona / Engine Co. 55 - Palm Beach County
checked out your web page and viewed the video...and I must tell you,
you did an outstanding job. What an a amazing concept; simple,
relatively inexpensive and can be used over and over again with what
appears minimal damage".
- Captain John Vigiano / Retired FDNY L-176
Lt. Neil P. Walsh. I am a
26 year veteran of the
FDNY. I spent
20 years in
L-31 and 6 years as a
E-297. In my opinion,
Perrone's Multi-Force forcible entry door, is clearly the best
forcible entry door on the market today. I had the opportunity to work
with firefighter Mike
Perrone for one year teaching young probationary firefighters
the techniques of ladder co. operations. In my opinion firefighter
Perrone is one of the most knowledgeable firefighters in forcible
Perrone used his years of experience with forcible entry to design
this state of the art door. This door covers inward and outward, left
hand and right hand
opening doors. Metal or wooden jambs all in one. One of the
greatest features of the door is that it allows each firefighter to
customize the door to their level of experience, by using chocks to
adjust the size of the GAP between door and door stop.
Besides all the great features that the door offers, it is made to
withstand being used multiple times. This was proven when we used the
door for three hundred probationary firefighters for two straight weeks,
for twelve hours a day. After two weeks had ended, the door was still in
the same condition as it was the day we purchased it.
In my opinion, this door is a must for any fire department. I give
Perrone three thumbs up".
- Lt. Neil P. Walsh / FDNY
"Mike, you've done it! You've built the
forcible entry door we've been looking for all these years! I
like the way it doesn't just teach technique, it offers real resistance
up to the breaking point, just like real doors.
No other simulator that I've seen has come close to this type of realism
and ability to mimic the spread of what's out there in the real world.
Quick entry can lead to quick water on fires, and that can only help the
Well done Mike".
- Battalion Chief John Buckheit / FDNY / Mutual Aid Americas Instructor
- Training Development / Lead instructor
FDIC forcible entry 2008/2009
any fire instructor. What’s the best type of training?
Hands on with lot of repetition. With the FIRE HOUSE INNOVATIONS
forcible entry door simulator you can have both. Mike has developed a
door with a unique design that allows you to duplicate the same motions
and movements that you would use under real fire ground conditions and
best of all do it over and over again. The solid steel construction
means it will hold up to the most rigorous training exercise. And its
portable design means you can take anywhere. Use it indoors or out. The
door is cost effective. One door can train your entire department, now
and for years to come. Whether you’re honing the skills of a veteran or
teaching the probie the procedures necessary to get the job done. Mike’s
door is the best training tool available. And you can continue training
until your firefighters are skilled knowledgeable and experienced".
"Thank you Mike"
Deputy Chief John Riker Newark NJ Fire Department
"Our department was preparing to open
a forty million dollar training facility and we were in need of a
forcible entry door prop. A co-worker attended the forcible entry
class at FDIC and told me the prop they used in the class was
awesome. I discovered the door prop was built by Firehouse
Innovations, Corp. Since we have purchased the door prop over two
hundred of our members have used it. The evaluations we received
from members who used the prop are extremely favorable and the
common denominator is how realistic it feels. To have that many
firefighters use something, and all of them say only good things
about it, is unheard of in the fire service. The door is sturdy and
rigid and I anticipate many years of trouble-free, hands-on
- Douglas B. Watson / Training Captain /
Palm Beach County, FL
Training & Safety Division
to see photos from the training
a big thank you from the members of the
Locust Valley Fire
Department who had the pleasure of attending your training
session. The guys cannot stop taking about how realistic your door
prop is compared to others we've researched and tested at the
various trade shows and expos. The techniques and tips you and
Danny gave us on gapping and conventional
should be the standard training all firefighters get at the academy
but don't. This was by far the best and most realistic
training we've had in a long time.
As you said, the door speaks for itself
as a training system. It's rare that we get the opportunity in our
district to get a vacant house where we can practice popping
doors. Even then we are resigned to nailing them shut each time,
because let's face it, once the first guy pops the door initially,
it's going to get easier and easier as you go through the session
with many members wanting to take a turn. Your system allows each
member to train like it's the real thing each and every time. Thank
you....this door is a dream come true to the fire service.
We look forward to purchasing one in
the near future and having you and Dan back annually for a
Chief Jeff Baker /
Locust Valley Fire Department / Locust Valley, New York
what an outstanding product! And the training that you
and Dan gave us was unbelievable, I learned more about
forcible entry and the many different ways to use a
halligan bar in four hours then I have in the past ten
years. T he little nuances or as you like to say “the
power of the adz” blew me away. We have had the product
since April 6, 2009 (only four days now), but we have
yet been able to walk past it without setting it up for
a quick force. It does my heart good to walk out into
the bays and see one or two guys just playing with it.
Before this prop, if we were lucky, we would only be
able to force one or two doors every couple of years,
never really having an opportunity to try out different
techniques and only a few guys being able to do the
force before the door and frame were damaged beyond
realistic value or using props that are good for
techniques but just unrealistic. The days of us
using/teaching one or two ways of forcing a door are now
gone and the let’s “pretend” days are dead and buried.
Now I can rotate an eight man crew through four
different techniques with realistic resistance and that
beloved popping/cracking sound in less than two hours,
with no down time between forces! I have already
noticed the confidence level of my crew, from the oldest
to the youngest, increasing with every force we do".
- Lieutenant Tim Sitz / Perry Joint Fire District,
to see photos from the training
we recently received our Multi Force Forcible Entry door and it was
everything you said it would be and more. Upon the doors arrival, I was
tasked with training all the Company Officers on the operation of the
door. As I taught the classes to the officers they were very impressed
with the realism of the prop. It was decided that we would cancel a
class that was already scheduled and do a Department-wide in-service
training. At the beginning of the training I introduced the door and
went over basic information on the operation. Prior to teaching any
technique I asked for volunteer to force the door in front of fifty
brothers and sisters. This first attempt was to say the least a little
slow about 5 minutes, but to the volunteers credit he was still in the
academy and stepped up and took a shoot. After teaching some basic
techniques I had the same firefighter try again and he got it in less
than 1 minute. We spent the next couple of hours forcing the door from
all angles and trying some old forgotten and newly taught techniques.
The new firefighters were amazed at how well a simple set of tools like
the irons can perform if used correctly and the older guys were reminded
that simple is better most of the time. At the end of the training there
was a pile of wood scraps that any beaver or lumber jack would be proud
of and most members had forced more doors in one night then they will in
ten years. Since the initial training crews have been using the door in
weekly drills and have nothing but good things to say. I believe that
the money spent on your Forcible Entry Prop was the best money we have
spent in a couple of years on training and have no regrets".
- Chris Steeves / Chugiak Volunteer
Fire Rescue, Chugiak, Alaska
Mike, I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed the
training In Perry on October 6th. I am 26 year veteran
and I can honestly say that you're never too old or have
been on the job too long to learn. Thanks to you and all
the other guys for teaching this "old
dog" some new tricks! Take care and stay safe"!
Edward Jividen / City of Painesville, Ohio
"Mike, as a 24 year fire service
veteran and an instructor for several different fire academies I
have had the opportunity to use several different conventional
forcible entry props. The mulit-force door is the best prop I
have ever had the opportunity to use. The thing that sets your door
above all the other ones is that it forces you to change your
techniques and apply forces differently. This makes you think and
increases your ability to size up your
forcible entry problem.
Things that make us think and try other approaches are invaluable
"Just as important is the level of training you bring with the door.
Your conventional entry class is one of the best I have ever
attended. The level of experience and techniques that you bring to
the table as an instructor are absolutely outstanding. You have
certainly helped me become a better fire officer.
Thomas Sitz /
Painesville Township Fire
name is Robert James. I have been in the fire service over 10 years
now. My department recently purchased this
forcible entry prop. I will say that
before taking on delivery of this prop our forcible entry techniques
have been basic and we have been lucky with getting doors open.
Since the door our forcible entry tactics have been amazing. I don't
think that there is anything that my guys can't get into now. Since
we have had the door in the firehouse, wood has no longer been safe
around there. Every time the guys find wood in the firehouse they
are cutting it up and sliding it in the prop to force. We have guys
currently hiding wood from each other so that no one gets more force
time than another. This prop is without a doubt the best thing out
there for forcible entry training".
James / Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Montgomery County,
Daytona Beach Fire Department has thoroughly enjoyed training
with the "Multi-Force" forcible entry door system. Our personnel
have logged many hours of training with this great training aid.
The door is well designed and is durable enough to withstand the
forces involved with forcible entry. I would
recommend this training aid to any fire service department that
is looking to improve their personnel's ability to efficiently
force doors. Mike, I want to
thank you and your staff for a job well done"!
Michael J. Harvey / Lieutenant / Training Officer / Daytona
Beach Fire Department, Florida
Multi-Force Forcible Entry Simulator is the only Door a Fire
Department should Purchase!
My name is Captain Eric Kuck with the
Los Angeles County Fire Department. I have been teaching
Conventional Forcible Entry to my fellow firefighters for 25
years. I have used and built numerous Forcible Entry
simulators over the years using everything from magnets,
rubber straps to wood dowels. But this Multi-Force Forcible
Entry Door you created is hands down the best training
Simulator around. Not only does it allow for various
techniques but this door holds up to the abuse of
Firefighters. Over 300+ firefighters have used THIS door
and it is still standing strong,besides a few holes from
poor swings using the spiking method with the Halligan, its
as good as new. Our door at Fire Station 8 sits on the
Apparatus floor and gets used by every firefighter who
passes through the station. Great Job Mike-Great Door
Captain Eric Kuck / Los Angeles
County Fire Department / Fire Station 8 / West Hollywood,
Mike, I wanted to let you know that the F.E. door our
department purchased from you is a great tool that our
members look forward to training on and helping them become
better Firefighters. As a former F.D.N.Y. member I had the
chance to train on this door with you before so I knew the
quality of this door. Now the members of my department have
that same appreciation. Also the hands on training with you
gave me when I picked up the door was invaluable, with
several tricks of the trade. Sometimes training can be dull
for certain members but this is not the case with your door.
Our members get excited to train with it and as an officer
you can't ask for much more! Thanks again from all of us at
the Lake Placid Fire Dept.!
- Captain John Fagan Lake Placid(NY) Fire, Formally Rutland City Fire(VT), F.D.N.Y.
Ladder 48 and 3
forcible entry training was an excellent hands on
experience. Even if you knew the tactics that were taught by
Mike Perrone during this hands on training, his presentation
skills, subject knowledge and willingness to help everyone
become better made this class phenomenal. As an instructor
for Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue, I am hopeful that our
department will purchase The Multi-force forcible entry
system. His awesome prop will be a great addition to our
Lieutenant Colin Fanning, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue,
Hilton Head Island South Carolina
Training with the new props are off the hook! The men can
not get enough of the props. I already need to run some wood
through the saw and make up some more blocks. Here are some
pictures that we have so far. More pictures and video are
- Lieutenant Matt Sutter / City of Fitchburg Fire Department
/ Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Drum Fire, NY - Firehouse Innovations #343 Door
Hi there, my name is Karl Tylenda from Fort Drum Fire In upstate NY we
are home to the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry. We took
a crew pic and just wanted to send it to you. It's a awesome product!
I wanted to personally thank you for the blue door
training (Multi-Force) I received at the Pennsylvania
State Fire Academy (Lewistown, PA) on Wed. April 29,
2015. My career department has a blue door (Multi-Force)
which we use heavily; but the training and tips I
received from you has taken my appreciation for the prop
to a whole new level. Thanks again for making a great
prop and the forcible entry training".
Tom Rigling / Fire Instructor / Pennsylvania State
"The forcible entry class Mike taught
was informative, detailed, and entertaining. Some of the
best hands on training I have received in the fire
service. You can obviously tell he knows what he is
talking about. His passion and love for job is
inspiring. It was an outstanding prop to work with!
Shane Marstiller / Hilton Head Fire Department /
Hilton Head, South Carolina
"Mike, We want to thank you for
your hospitality and the invaluable training you
gave us. The time you took out of your day to share
32 years of your FE experience was incredible. This
door has surpassed our expectations and will make
the guys on the job even more proficient at forcible
entry. Each shift has been working with the door and
has raved about the techniques you have shown and
all of the doors capabilities. You have an amazing
door system and we are grateful to have been able to
get the door and have you train us for the day.
Benjamin Barstow / City of
Altoona Firefighters IAFF Local # 299 / Altoona, PA
"Mike, I just wanted to
drop you a quick note to inform you of how our system is
enthusiastically utilizing our forcible entry door prop.
It is used for a minimum of three Firefighter Academies,
a truck school, and is rotated between seven stations
every year. It is holding up incredibly well given all
of the use that it receives. The door has been and will
continue to be a valued investment in the training that
our system provides for it's firefighters. Thanks for
providing such a well built product for fire service
Phil Caudle / Captain
of Fire Training / Albemarle County Fire Rescue /
"Mike- we got the door last
month- did our first formal training session with about
16 guys last night. THEY LOVED IT! this will give us
years of use for sure- the videos are great for
refreshers... awesome product. here's a few pics!"
Chief Thomas Galliford / Stony Hill Volunteer Fire
Deptartment / Bethel, Connecticut
"For years I have been
looking for a training prop that was realistic and
challenged the membership of my department.. We have
tried every prop out there. There is not a more
realistic, comprehensive forcible entry prop on the
market. What I truly love about Firehouse Innovation
door verse the others we have purchased (and thrown
out) is this door takes a beating and keeps its shape
and form. Other props wear away and break down over
time. We have put this door through hundreds of hours of
training and it is just as good as the day Mike and his
crew dropped it off at our training facility. On top of
a great product, the support and training the firehouse
innovation team provided was miles above anything we
could have expected. At a recent taxpayer fire we saw
the benefits of having used this door in training.
Congrats on a fantastic product!. Don’t waist your, buy
this door first and forget the rest."
Brendan J. Narell
/ ex-Captain and Department Training Officer
/ North Bellmore Fire Department, New
"Mike, In 2010, I had the
opportunity to meet you while taking your Forcible Entry
Class at FDIC. Likewise, this was the first time I was
exposed to the Multi-Force Forcible Entry Door System. At
that time, I was serving as an Assistant Chief with the
Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department, and
one of my responsibilities was overseeing the Small Tools
and Equipment Budget.
Upon returning from FDIC,
work began on procuring two of these doors. Being that we
have three stations, we figured that we would be able to
move one back and forth between a station. As work
progressed, we were able to secure funds for three (3)
doors, and in May of 2011 an order was placed with your
company. Little did we know at the time, the impact that
your simulator would have on our operations.
These doors have allowed
our personnel to perfect their skills at forcible entry
techniques, all while offering the opportunity to put
ourselves in different situations (i.e. blacked out, working
as one person, working as two people, etc.). There is no
better training simulator out there that could offer what
your simulator does.
Furthermore, due to the
portability and ease of set up of your unit, we have been
able to loan them out periodically which has resulted in
other departments singing the praises of your simulator. I
believe that this has even resulted in a few of the
Departments in the Northern Virginia area to purchase their
own. Although I volunteer in Woodbridge, I also work as a
Lieutenant in the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and I
can attest to the aforementioned statements in that the
Fredericksburg Fire Department purchase done of your doors.
Mike, you and your company
have put together a top-notch product. I have used other
simulators out there, and none can compete with what you
have put together. I can factually state that your simulator
has vastly improved our forcible entry skills and
techniques. It has also been known to settle a few debates
around the kitchen table in the fire station.
Please keep up the good
work. Your website provides excellent training videos, and
personnel that I work with are constantly keeping up to date
with it. After watching the videos, personnel are even
getting up and practicing the skills they just watched.
Again, job well-done!"
Jack McGovern Past Asst. Chief (OWL Volunteer Fire
Department) Lieutenant (Fredericksburg FD)
"I was forwarded FDNY Medal
Awards Program by one of our guys whom was present when you
did the in service training on the force entry simulator.
Congratulations on being awarded Chief Wesley Williams
Medal. Hell of a rescue. The door by the way has been
terrific and a huge asset to the department".
Thomas W. Eagan, Jr. - Captain / City of Watervliet Fire
Department / Station: (518) 270-3826
"I just wanted to say “thank-you” for treating our guys so well
on Sunday, they could not have had a better experience picking
up the door prop. They really enjoyed the training as well as
/ Fire Chief / East Brandywine Fire Company / Dowingtown,
I would like to comment on
your door system. We spoke at the fire expo at Nassau
Coliseum. I would like to state that your door system is an
amazing tool. My guys are training with this door all the
time to keep up on their forcible entry training. Your
system gives all types of different scenarios. The new guys
who join our department love the door because you can just
roll up on a building and start forcing doors. This training
can be done right in house. Great Product for great
training. Thank You.
- Deputy Chief Michael
Mackie - South Farmingdale Fire Department, New
This door is INCREDIBLE! We have been working with our crews
over the past couple of weeks on forcible entry techniques
and have received nothing but positive feedback. This door
has received a beaten and looks like new. We really
appreciate what a wonderful training aid you have developed.
Please stay in touch and if anyone in the New England area
is looking to see one of your doors, please don't hesitate
to have them give me a call".
- Brian F. Nardelli
/ Deputy Chief of Training /
Brockton Fire Department
/ 1-508-583-4422 ext. 1433
"We got our door yesterday (11/3/15) and the guys
couldn’t have been more happy! I came into work this
morning and they had already started beating on it! Of
course, my guys couldn’t be out done and have spent
their free time today watching the video and cranking on
the door! Thank You!"
Taylor Cerne / Pittsburg Fire Department / Pittsburg,
"The purchase of this door has greatly improved the level of
training for our agency. Forcible entry is a difficult topic
to teach with a quality prop. Several of our firefighters
have utilized the door to teach firefighters from our agency
and surrounding departments the art of forcible entry.
Firefighters can practice breaching the door dozens of times
in a training session. We are better prepared firefighters
because of the door".
- Michael L. Handoga /
Assistant Chief - Training / Largo Fire Rescue / Largo,
"Mike, I would like to take a moment to thank you for
providing such a comprehensive forcible entry product to the
fire service. You have not only delivered on every aspect of
the training simulator that you mentioned but exceeded it.
Our firefighters have never had the ability to have such
realistic and focused forcible entry training in their
careers. With that said, we are better firefighters, and a
better department due to your innovation and delivery of a
Thank you again".
- David Boone / Chief - Yorktown / Mt. Pleasant Township
"Mike, I was one of the attendees who had the
distinct pleasure of attending your hands-on training
session recently held at
Dept. The guys from my
fire department that attended that day cannot stop taking
about the excellent experience that you guys provided. As
we are all aware, in the volunteer service, it's a rarity that
we get the opportunity to get a vacant house where we can
practice forcible entry. And let's face it, the forcible entry
props that we build in the rear of the firehouse or at the
training centers, just don't simulate the "real thing".
Your door allows the brothers to train like it's the real thing
each and every time and allows them the unparallel ability to
practice all the forcible entry techniques necessary in today's fire
service. Whether they're a new probie or a seasoned veteran,
every firefighter is guaranteed to walk away with an increased
sense of knowledge and confidence in the art of conventional
forcible entry. With over 18 years in the fire service, I can
undoubtedly say that your multi-force door is the best forcible
entry prop that I have ever had the opportunity to use. The
finest compliment I can give to you is my continuous praise
and admiration of the level of experience and technique that
you provide to all that attend your training sessions. I will
forever be a supporter of your multi-force door and have urged
the need for your instruction to my fire department and to our
departments as well. Thank you again for the experience
and I look forward to establishing a semi-annual refresher for
my entire department to appreciate".
John R. Giacoppi / Centerport
Fire Department, Centerport,
"Mike, I wanted to thank you again for a great forcible entry
training class. Both the props that you bring and the knowledge
you teach are second to none!
From the oldest hand to the newest probie all of the guys
learned a great deal. They can't stop discussing new techniques
that you have opened their eyes to. A number of our
members have remarked how practical and "real" many of the
methods you teach are. Your decades of Fireground experience are
clearly evident in your recommendations passed on throughout the
class. Your hands-on teaching style really ensures that everyone
actually learns what you are teaching.
I don't think that the quality of the training would have been
as evident to the guys without your excellent props. They are
the only props that I have
experienced that provide both realistic simulation of the way
different doors break and the durability to withstand constant
pounding without lots of
retooling the doors every couple students. The authenticity of
the way the doors move allowed you to show guys techniques that
can't be taught on other props. Thanks again for a great class!"
- LT. Matthew Steenberg, Morris Township FD, Woodland Fire Co.
recently had the opportunity to train with your team
at the hands on forcible entry seminar held at
Sayville Fire Department. First I would like
to compliment you on an excellent training program.
That was the best hands on instruction I
have received in a long time. As a career and
volunteer firefighter I have had the chance to train
with some stellar instructors at top notch training
academies. Your training props were the best I have
Once again thanks for an
excellent training experience".
/ Blue Point FD,
Blue Point, NY
Thanks again from all the members of Prospect Park Fire Co. and the
neighboring departments who had the pleasure of attending today. We
very much enjoyed the class and the door prop. The techniques you and
Dan reviewed will surely enhance the skills, young and old, of all the
members who attended. Your door prop by far is the most versatile and
practical of the doors we have looked at. The door prop provides
excellent opportunities for training members in all facets of
conventional forcible entry which has become a lost art".
- Deputy Chief Dennis Gallagher / Prospect Park Fire
Company, Delaware County, PA
to see photos from the training
"We love the door and have been using
it extensively. We have Incorporated it into every drill we have had
since its purchase and the guys have been using it daily! Thank you
and your team"!
- Mike Signora /
Prospect Park Fire Company, Delaware County, PA
to see photos from the training
"My name is Tony Iliano and
attended the drill put on by Perry FD on Monday April
6th. My Lieutenant is big on forcible entry and not just
getting in a door, but like you said, being a
professional about it. Mike, you have come up with one
heck of a simulator. The beating that door took and the
turnaround time for teams to rotate through was great.
The information you and Dan possess and shared with us
can't be stressed enough. I've been a fireman for 8
years and that was one of the best drills, personally,
I've attended. Some fireman think they can use the
irons and get through doors once they get sworn in with
no practice. The drill today showed how silly that is as
most of us at one point or another had to be shown the
how's and why's we do things. I'm looking forward to
showing the guys back at the station what we learned. I
really can't wait to use these skills on the fireground.
Thanks again and best of luck to you".
- Tony Iliano /
Painesville Township Fire Department, Painesville, OH
to see photos from the training
just like to take a moment to thank you and Danny for a
great training. Your door is basically a dream come
true to the fire service and to forcible entry
training. The ability to force multiple types of doors
and in both directions in training has been a long time
coming, and you’ve done it!
As you’ve always taught, be sure to have a plan A, B, C
and so on, for the worst case scenario. It’s great to
be able to actually demonstrate each plan of attack as
the door gets harder to force. Your Multi-Force door
allows the newest probie, to learn size-up and tool
placement, as well as challenging senior members with
extra wood or placing some angle iron that is so
prominent in today’s high security world, that hinders
our entry every day.
When both a probie and a former Chief of Department with
20 plus years, each approached you to tell you how much
they’ve learned in a few short hours about the art of
forcible entry and the halligan, I think you have
succeeded in keeping the fire service tradition of
passing on knowledge alive.
recommendation that I can make to anyone is to simply
purchase your door, and / or have a training session.
It is a great training prop and will give all members a
great experience in forcing doors, over and over without
the worry of having to fix it each time. This tool will
prepare the entire membership for the hardest doors they
will face while operating on the fire ground".
- Bill Bedell /
Floral Park Fire Department, Floral Park, NY
to see photos from the training
"We have been using the
simulator for a few months since it's delivery and
everything you said about it is true. Our department
hasn't ever been able to practice their
forcible entry skills to this level. We are
really happy with the product. Thanks again for helping
us make the right decision about how to spend our funds".
Williams / Chesterton Fire Department / Division Chief
"I would like to start off by saying your Multi-Force
door is AWESOME!
Everyone could not be happier. We have invited other
companies over and have taught
some of them your tips we have learned from your DVD.
They are amazed how
helpful and easier your tips make forcible entry.
Hopefully in the future we can get you down here to do
some training with us so we can
get more in depth training".
Clifton Krok / Firefighter / National Naval Medical
"I would just like to
update you on our use of the Multi-Force Door. This
training equipment has exceeded all of our expectations.
It offers firefighters the opportunity to practice
skills that in the past were done with simulations.
There is a huge difference to talking about using irons
versus actually doing it. The door has been used by our
department, neighboring fire departments, and at several
regional firefighter 1 classes. The value of the door is
spreading quickly throughout the state. The DVD on how
to force doors is excellent. The Multi-Force Door seems
indestructible. It has stood up to severe pounding and
has not required any maintenance. The Multi-Force door
will be a valuable training aid for many years to come".
- Stephen Leinoff /
Fire Chief /
Norwich Fire Department /
"We’ve had your door for quite some time now and love it!
It lives at the training center from May through
September and then we send it on a road trip to each
firehouses for a month at a time in the winter. It’s a
great indoor drill in the winter when it’s nice to stay
out of the cold. In the summer, it’s versatile at the
training center. We put it in front of other doors and
make them force their way into the tower or put it
against a wall and make the members work “at the end of
a hall.” Last Fall it took a road trip to a vacant hotel
we had for a volunteer conference we did with the
department north of us. We put it in the hall of the
hotel and had a good smoke condition going and had the
guys force their way into the hall and then do some
I’m going to take a guess and say we’ve had close to 200
different firefighters use it and many of them have had
the use of it during several different trainings. The
technique that it teaches is invaluable.
Thanks again for the great prop! It’s outstanding"!
Scott Eckels / Lieutenant / Quint 155B-Shift /
Castle Rock Fire Department /
Castle Rock, Colorado
just wanted to say that the door is exceeding our
expectations. In a Volunteer Department we do not get
the opportunity to force doors on a regular basis. The
Multi-Force Door has helped us to keep our skills sharp
and teach newcomers the "art" of forcible entry. The
Multi-Force Door is easy to use and about as realistic
as you can get with a training prop. Not only is it a
great tool but it is fun to use and really engages the
members who are participating in the drill. It is very
difficult to teach forcible entry without having the
firefighters actually get their hands on the tools and
force the door. I would recommend this to any department
wishing to teach their firefighters about forcible
entry. The DVD's were extremely helpful. Great job
developing this training tool".
Chris Redmond /
Woodbury Fire Department / Highland Mills, New York
"The Firehouse Innovations Forcible Entry Door Prop
has been a great addition to the PHFD. The prop has held
up extremely well and has exceed all of our
expatiation's. The prop is very easy to use and the cost
to use is very low. Before the chance to train on a real
door was few and far between and staff got limited time
on training. But with this prop we have been able to
train staff hands on and we have incorporated the prop
into other drills also. The training DVD and the owners
DVD are very informative and explained the door prop
On a recent commercial assignment that our department
responded to, the skills learned on the door prop paid
off. My crew forced a left hand inward swing door in
less that 30 seconds. The command staff on scene was
very impressed on the entry time on the building".
Lt. Chris Ford / Pleasant Hill Fire Department /
Pleasant Hill, Iowa