Choose from the 5 different scenarios listed below.From the main hallway into the theaters, there is a cinder block wall. Six theaters equals two of those per shift to breach. On the map as A1, A2, etc. Between the four south theaters are three walls to breach. Three of these equals one per shift, as marked. The walls that share the lobby with theater one and six have been divided into thirds – A, B, and C on each wall. Your shift gets that space. Please note that the theaters all have curtains and soundproofing on the walls inside. You are welcome to cut away the curtains and remove the sound insulation. Place material in the center of the theater. Use N95’s when performing that work. Years of dust on the curtains and fiberglass insulation will be nasty. The walls at the entrances to the theaters are meant to be breached manually first – sledge hammer type work – and if you can’t get through, go to an air chisel, then to a saw. When we did this a Kmart, we were able to take five blows, hand off the sledge to a teammate and rotate through. HPS - High Performance Sledging. You can make great progress this way. The walls running north/south will be bearing walls. I don’t know if the cider block is fully concrete filled or just reinforced around the columns supporting the roof structure. You can find that out when you beat/saw/chisel them. You will also need to cut away metal railings along those walls to give you better access.
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Tip ‘o the Hat: To the folks on duty on 2/7, dealing with a terrible tragedy, a serious MVA involving a BFD family member, a structure fire, a big snowstorm and 38 calls in total. You stood tall and exemplified the best of the fire service.