Door Breaching Equipment for Frontline Firefighting and Rescue Work

Project

Our Community Partner
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Ang Mo Kio Fire Station

Our Faculty Members
Associate Professor Patrick Chua
Engineering Cluster

Background

SCDF firefighters typically carry, amongst other tools and equipment, a conventional halligan tool and a battering ram for their firefighting and rescue operations. They can weigh as much as 29kg altogether and degrade operational efficiency, especially if the firefighters need to mount multiple staircases with the heavy equipment in order to reach the rescue site.

Challenges
  • To innovate on existing door breaching equipment to make them more compact and lighter in weight.
  • Improve and ease a firefighter’s entry into a building during operations.
Key Innovation
  • A halligan tool, modified with a chisel and integrated with an attached hammer, can be extended by up to 80cm for maximum prying leverage, especially in tight spaces.
  • A hollow battering ram, made of stainless steel or PE-UHMW material, which has a detachable cap allowing the battering ram’s interior to be filled up with water quickly to increase its overall mass by 5kg.

The total combined weight for both items is only 18kg, which is only 63% that of the conventional halligan tool and battering ram being used by SCDF.