Storefront Simulator

In our last post we demonstrated how to maximize the training potential in an acquired structure with a metal door. Click here To see that post. Keeping with the acquired structure topic, in this video we’ll cover how to convert a glass storefront into a realistic and reusable training prop. This glass storefront prop is a great way to rotate a large amount of crews through a scenario involving cutting the throw of an Adams-Rite style lock. The scenario involves creating a gap with a Halligan and a rotary saw to force entry into the building. You can also demonstrate and practice creating a gap with other methods using a simple wedge or axe. This prop is quick and easy to reset and utilizes cheap and readily available consumables.

One of the most important benefits of this drill is that is gives crews the opportunity to build their confidence and understand the pros and cons of this style of forcible entry. It also provides you the opportunity to have the discussion on the importance of maintaining control of the flow path by keeping the glass storefront intact.


4 Comments so far

  1. Tim April 22nd, 2015 10:24 pm

    There is some good information in the video if you can get past Eric’s presentation of it. Always like being able to make it realistic and being able to use the a prop more than once. Eric try practicing your talking points, once or twice before you record it.

  2. Hugh Dong April 25th, 2015 8:06 pm

    Cut door. Drop in rebar. Simulate cut. Repeat. Got it!

  3. Kevin S. Collins June 24th, 2015 5:04 pm

    Why not use a pair of vice grips to remove the lock cylinder and unlock the door from the inside of the door frame

  4. Steve H October 16th, 2015 9:23 pm

    Also interesting talking point, not all doors present with the traditional aluminum style store front frame and obvious lock cylinder will actually open by merely cutting the lock, going through the lock, etc. Recently a fast food establishment which caught fire (and burned down) presented this problem with the traditional aluminum body door frame with glass insert. Initially a cut was made attacking the pivoting mortise lock… No dice. Plan B attempt to make cuts at the hinges and cutting where perceived pins may have been… no dice. Finally the glass was broken and…wait for it, the panic bar was pulled towards the front. Obviously the panic hardware was in fact manipulating the pins at the top and bottom of the door which were preventing them from opening. In this instance unless you wanted to run back to the truck/engine to get your big easy or J bar, it was much easier to smash, grab, pull, and open the door.

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