Background On Forced Entry Protection
It is easy for a company to brag about specific features of a security door, but these can be meaningless without overall forced entry protection.
A high security door is only as strong as its weakest link. A thick steel door is meaningless if it can be easily pried by a basic pry bar. A bullet resistant door is pointless if its lock can be easily manipulated.
Our high security doors are sought after because they are one of the few doors receiving the prestigious US Department of State certification for forced entry resistant doors. This means that our doors have succeeded in rigorous forced entry testing as delineated by the US Government.
Most testing is done by NTS in Chesapeake, Maryland under the supervision of US National Institute of Justice and Department of State personnel. The 60,000 foot laboratory offers ballistic experimentation, forced entry simulations, and environmental conditioning, among many other features.
Forced entry resistant doors can be rated under different levels of sophistication under the SD-STD-01.01G standards. Our Embassy Series doors feature a FE5 certification, while our Fortress Series feature FE15 certification.
“FE” refers to forced entry, and the number indicates how long the attacking “team” spends on forcing entry to each part of the door. FE5 test consist of a two man team. They are allotted 5 minutes to break in to each part of the door. This two man team spends five minutes attempting entry through the lock side of the door, five minutes through the hinge sides, and five minutes through the center of the door. In a real world scenario, this is the equivalent to one attacker not being successful in 30 minutes of trying to force entry through your door.
To prove these are truly forced entry resistant doors, the professional attackers are given a whole suite of tools, including small and large pry bars, axes, battering rams, sledge hammers and more.
The FE15 certification is even more rigorous. The team now consists of 6 powerful professionals. All six attack the door simultaneously. The time is also increased. 15 minutes each is spent on the center of the door, lock side of the door and hinges of door. In a real world scenario, this is the equivalent of a individual criminal not being successful in four and a half hours of attacking your door!
For true piece of mind a properly certified forced entry resistant door is the only way to go.