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    Interior, exterior, search, entry or whatever. What tool do you like to use the most?

    Me, I like my flathead axe. It gets the job done and I can get results using the head if I need to chop or cut without sinking the blade and getting it stuck. It works well on a roof.

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    6 foot steel NY hook and a halligan bar......
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    TIC..if thats considered a tool lol..

    other than that I usually shoot for the 4' pike that we have mounted in cab
    most of the time this gets me into just about anything I need to open up, also works well for sounding floors
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    1250/1000 pumper.

    At least that's what I'm usually using at a fire. That's what I get for living so close to the station...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    1250/1000 pumper.

    At least that's what I'm usually using at a fire. That's what I get for living so close to the station...
    thats funny man.. I live 2 blocks from our station..get you some play time every once in a while dude..let somebody else pump lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by NY911Bowhunter View Post
    6 foot steel NY hook and a halligan bar......
    Damn you, beat me to it, .

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY911Bowhunter View Post
    6 foot steel NY hook and a halligan bar......
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    Least favorite tool ---- the chief -- favorite -- its called the "universal hook" by firehooks -5' with a D handle -
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    i like to grab a little extra common sense off the truck, but other than that im a fan of the good ol pick axe.
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    Cool

    Crash axe for me..........

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    stanley tools - the fubar

    kind of new but super useful and awesome name

    http://store.firstin.org/55-fubur.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewy911 View Post
    a fan of the good ol pick axe.
    Ya me too, 6' steel NY hook a close second. I haven't Tried the Fubar, but I know at least 5 guys that swear by it.

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    For entry and search and recue I do like the Haligan bar, it just gets heavy during search.

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    Seriously ..

    The Halligan for forcible entry and search and 3' pike pole for overhaul.

    We just purchased Fubars for all of our engines and I'm still playing with it trying to come up with things that it can do that the halligan normally can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    Seriously ..

    The Halligan for forcible entry and search and 3' pike pole for overhaul.
    3 footer for overhaul huh? How does it work out for you?

    Reason I ask is that I am considering picking up a Griff Hook for myself..a 3 foot NY Roof Hook, which as stated, is my weapon of choice (6 footer that is)...
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    Favorite tool? Depends on my assigned fireground task.

    It can be the beautiful new 150 gpm at 50 psi combo nozzles for out 1 3/4 crosslays if I am the nozzle man.

    It can be the 6 foot FDNY Roof Hook and the water can if I am the can man.

    It can be the Irons if I am the forcible entry man.

    It can be the Cutter's Edge chain saw if I am the roof vent man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY911Bowhunter View Post
    3 footer for overhaul huh? How does it work out for you?

    Reason I ask is that I am considering picking up a Griff Hook for myself..a 3 foot NY Roof Hook, which as stated, is my weapon of choice (6 footer that is)...
    Majority of our structural fires are in mobile homes, so it's actually the tool of choice for pulling ceilings.

    In site built homes here I'll usually use either 3' a 5' for ceilings, depending on shotgun and older ( 3'- lower ceilings) or newer (5'-higher ceilings) construction and a sheet rock tool for the walls. Brush rake works well on some older sheet rock instead of the sheet rock tool.

    No such thing as a NY roof hook down here .... Simply not a tool used by career or VFDs.
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    Pinch-point bar. Not my favorite tool to carry around, but it has many uses. If I'm at a car fire, it becomes my universal key. I haven't come up against a hood or trunk I couldn't pop with my pinch-point. Also as a last resort you can force doors of structures with it, and I wedge it into the track of overhead doors. Had the springs on a overhead door fail in a workshop once, the thing weighed a ton. I'm just glad nobody was standing under it when it came slamming shut.

    I also like Pulaskis, but my dept doesn't own any. They don't readily incorporate with the wildlands techniques used in the area. First used one during training for my Red-card, then I got to use them all the time when I worked for a landscape company. The boss at the landscape company liked them cause you could use a Pulaski for everything from diggin' trenches, to limbing tree, to dividing up perennials.

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    6lb flathead of course.

    Then a haligan.

    Not a hooligan.

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    A set of irons if I'm doing entry.

    I'm experimenting with a maul and haligan...Let ya know what I think after some training
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