Forcible Entry

CEF009 – 4.00 Hours


FP CEF009 51 $10.00 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Whether through a window, door or wall; using a cutting, prying, or striking tool; forcible entry is more than just kicking in a door.  Sometimes we conduct forcible while inflicting the least amount of damage possible, other times forcible entry involves creating large openings in the entire structure.  To achieve the best outcome based on the situation the firefighter must have a working knowledge of tool selection, forcible entry techniques, and an understanding of property features.  Failure to understand the principles of forcible entry can cause unnecessary damage to facilities resulting in loss of public trust all the way to firefighters being injured by inappropriate techniques.  Forcible entry is accomplished to not only gain access to a property, but also ensures firefighters can egress a property if conditions or tactics change.  This course offers an interactive practice session and a module quiz based off IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 7th edition.  This course satisfies: NFPA 1001 4.3.4, 4.3.9, 4.3.11, 4.5.1      


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Technical Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, you should have access to computer equipment meeting the following system requirements:

  • Recommended screen resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Broadband or high speed internet
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers
  • Latest version of Flash
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Text Book

Students are expected to use the Essentials of Firefighting, 7th Edition Manual

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • 1. Describe the basic principles of forcible entry.
  • 2. Describe forcible entry tools.
  • 3. Explain considerations for forcible entry tool safety.
  • 4. Explain how to carry forcible entry tools.
  • 5. Describe how to clean and maintain forcible entry tools.
  • 6. Describe methods of forcing entry through doors.
  • 7. Describe methods for forcing entry through windows.
  • 8. Describe methods for breaching walls.

Suggested Audience

Individuals seeking continuing education in the fire service.

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

  • 4.00 hours – Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)