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  • Breaching block walls

    Ideas, tips & tricks, literature. Anything on the subject please. Ive seen it done for rescue, and for fire attack on a windowless building. Just looking for technical and practical info besides whats obvious.

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    We recently had a structure fire in a grocery store downtown. The fire quickly spread into a large open void above all the false ceilings. The only way to access it was through the wall. We made access by going on the building next to it, the grocery wall was about four feet above this one. The building was quite old and we made access holes through the brick wall using sledge hammers and axes, once we had a hole started the old brick and morter came out pretty easy.

    js

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    • #3
      As JSMV72 stated above, a good ole sledge and some muscle. Once you get a few bricks free the rest come out pretty easily.
      The actions, statements, thoughts, writings and opinions are solely that of mine and mine alone. They are not that of, and do not reflect my fire department in any manner what so ever.

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      • #4
        ^^^^^^^^^^^
        yup

        -Damien

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        • #5
          Also, when you start the first hole, make it low.....the rest will come out easily, especially with gravity helping.

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          • #6
            Strike at the hollow parts of the block, breaks alot easier and a lower amount of swings.
            The good thing about this job is that we have done so much, with so little, for so long that we can do everything with nothing...... which is what is wrong with this job.
            KTF | DTRT

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            • #7
              And for god's sake, if yer gonna sledge hammer a block wall, use a MAN'S sledge hammer, no less than a 10 pounder! If you get caught using an 8, you will be forever deemed a "wuss." If you get caught using a 6, you will have your man's license removed permanently.
              "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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              • #8
                Don't you want to make the hole diamond shaped to help prevent further collapse?
                FF/Paramedic

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