Residential forcible entry
To make a long story short, a fellow fire fighter and I were having a bit of a debate about options during residential forcible entry.
Our coverage area typically includes newer style homes with ornate front doors and entrance ways. As I'm sure readers are aware, many of these ornate leaded glass doors can be extremely costly and a challenge for forcible entry.
It has been common practice in my department for entry teams to choose to knock out a small portion of the leaded glass area instead of forcing the door mechanically to try to salvage the door. While I understand this practice might not work for doors with larger glass side panes it has seemed to work excellent for my department. Significantly cutting down on damage and force time.
My friend who is a firefighter from a different state explained to me the other night that this practice was heavily avoided in his academy and response area. His main concern was the loss of control of that vent point once the glass is broken. This to me makes perfect sense. However, in my view the benefits out way the risks.
What are members thoughts on this practice.