Removing glass-block windows can be tricky and/or time-consuming if you are unaware of the methods to defeat them. In this video, we explain the quickest and most-efficient methods of defeating glass-block windows.
Of course any firefighter can simply start smashing blocks and get the window opened. The point of this video is to use a systematic approach to conduct this task with the least amount of work. After all, very few buildings have only ONE of these windows. If there is one, typically there are more.
In larger windows, members must be aware of large amounts of falling block that can injure a firefighter. Always be aware of what will or can fall, and remember that essentially you are causing a small “block-wall collapse” as you take these windows.
I would like to thank Commissioner Hoff of the Chicago Fire Department for this tip. In one of the first courses of my career, then Battalion Chief Hoff took time to show a small-town, 17-year old volunteer this method, and it has stuck with me. It is a prime lesson of “working smarter, not harder” to get the job done.
Co-Owner, Brotherhood Instructors, LLC.