Security Product Expert Jerry Immler Says Breaching Tools are Now a Necessity for Protective Services

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On Latest Podcast on Protective Services Leadership Insights, Immler Says Next Generation of Breaching Tools Easily Used by Law Enforcement or Armed Guards to Save Lives

Breaching Tools

Offenders are locking down facilities and carrying out their violent attacks on personnel and students, and it’s the job of first responders to try to combat that. Breaching tools offer them a way to gain access and effectively do their jobs.

On a new podcast found on the Protective Services Leadership Insights section of the Protective Services Training Academy (PSTA) web site, protective services and security gear and product expert Jerry Immler discusses developments in breaching tools for armed guards and protective service professionals. Recent attacks at schools and in the workplace elevated the need for first responders to gain access to buildings and rooms that are locked or possibly fortified. The new generation of breaching tools makes entering locked buildings much easier for first responders who typically had to wait for special units to arrive to access these buildings.

“Offenders are locking down facilities and carrying out their violent attacks on personnel and students, and it’s the job of first responders to try to combat that. Breaching tools offer them a way to gain access and effectively do their jobs,” said Immler.

Immler said that breaching tools, tools that force open a typically locked door, have been commonly used by fire departments for decades. It’s only been recently that every day public safety and protective services professionals have needed these tools.

“Now what we’re finding is your first responders, such as patrol officers, security officers on a post are the ones that are going to be right at the front door in more common situations than in the past so they need a way to effectively gain entry in a short period of time and give assistance to those that need it,” he said.

Immler, an expert who regularly comments on protective services and security gear and products, said that tool design has been simplified and somewhat enhanced based on what other industries are using.

“We’ve seen this in pry bars, sledges, hammers, rams, and even in bolt cutters. More often than not, public safety professionals would take something from the construction industry or from some other industry and utilize it for their own purpose. Police officers would carry bolt cutters in their car, they might get those bolt cutters at a local hardware store, something like that. So they make the best of what they can find for a time when they might need it,” Immler said.

Jerry Immler is a recognized expert on protective services equipment, gear, and supplies. In his role as retail sales manager at the PSTA, Jerry reviews thousands of new, interesting, and state-of-the-art product offerings including weapons and ammunition, clothing, accessories, and training supplies. He regularly posts insights on products, gear, and technologies that affect military, law enforcement, and protective services officers.

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