Multi-Function Prop


Christopher Benson from Greeley (CO) Engine 4 sent in this low cost multi-function prop. The prop is made mostly from 4×4 and 2×4 lumber that was scavenged from around the station. The prop features a forcible entry door, window bar props, a window sash, and a wall section.


The door can be forced as an inward or outward facing door. It also features a padlock and hasp to practice defeating them as well. One of the window door props is just for observation and discussion of bars and their attachment methods, and the other can actually be forced by defeating pieces of furring strips. (Chris wanted to be sure to thank Brian Brush from West Metro (CO) for the window prop idea.) The window sash has a replaceable piece of wood as the sash so it can be defeated prior to the entering the window.


Below that, the wall studs are placed 16 inch on center to practice SCBA low profile maneuvers. The rope simulates an entanglement from electrical wires and adds to learning opportunities. Real segments of electrical wire can also be strung through the prop to allow for cutting of the wire as an option to free from the entanglement. Since most of the materials were scavenged, this low cost prop can provide a number of different quick drills without even leaving the firehouse.



12 Comments so far

  1. Sean Wilson July 2nd, 2014 7:48 am

    –Sean Wilson, S&D Fire Training

  2. Mike d July 2nd, 2014 9:57 am

    Can u email me the specs to build the prop. Interested in using it at r fire house. Thanks in advanced

  3. Andrew Brassard July 2nd, 2014 10:09 am

    Window bar prop originally built by Ryan Cox of the Lacey Fire Department in Washington.

  4. Sean Painter July 2nd, 2014 10:37 pm

    Would love of you could send me the specs on this

  5. tooltime July 3rd, 2014 3:06 pm

    The specs are……go to a construction dumpster and grap some scraps then take it all back and scab it together to make it fit ur needs. With alittle more work you could build a small roof section to accept pallets and use it as a vent prop. Good luck.

  6. Christopher Benson April 10th, 2015 8:32 pm

    Tooltime, how true that is. That is exactly what I did. Additionally, I found a lot of things on craigslist. Such as the metal door frame and window bars. I think I may have spent $70 on lumber and hardware. But scavenger hunting is very productive. The lumber was mostly 2×4 and 4×4, lag bolts and screws. Find your passion and skills in the fire service. Develop in yourself and hopefully others will follow suit bettering themselves and the profession !!!!

  7. Christopher Benson April 10th, 2015 8:33 pm

    Sean and Mike what are your email addresses ?

  8. Kevin Schultheis May 8th, 2015 5:23 pm

    Could I get the specs on this Also?

  9. Matthew Tatum June 15th, 2015 12:15 pm

    Can I get the specs for this trainer? Looking to build one for our fire house.

  10. Louis Solano June 28th, 2015 1:37 pm

    Could I get the specs as well? I am interested in building one for my fire department

  11. john m August 11th, 2015 9:27 pm

    We are interested in building a prop like this due to the many types of doors residential/commercial in the first due in a downtown busy area. can you email me the specs? thanks and be safe

  12. eric s May 9th, 2017 3:44 pm

    Sorry kind of late to the party any chance someone could send me specs. thanks

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