We have both haligan tools and pick axes on our trucks. Personally I like the Haligan. I was wondering what some other guys liked and why?
Spring Hope VFD
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02-07-2001, 06:04 PM #1fireeater650Firehouse.com Guest
Haligan tool Vs. axe...What is your favorite?
02-07-2001, 06:27 PM #2robbieFirehouse.com Guest
I prefer the haligan tool its more handy in my opinion. By the way where is spring hope at i have lived in nc all my life and haven't heard of it.
02-07-2001, 06:31 PM #3MB1213635Firehouse.com Guest
The axe and haligan are different tools for different tasks. But if I had to take only one it would be a haligan.
02-07-2001, 07:47 PM #4StaylowFirehouse.com Guest
Both are great tools with a multitude of uses. But, I would choose the pickhead axe if I had to choose.
02-07-2001, 08:10 PM #5BrtengrFirehouse.com Guest
I hate to add tools to this debate, but I think that the pickhead axe and a 6' pike pole should always go together and the haligan should always be mated with a flathead axe. If I was on the nozzle team I would want the pickhead and pike because it is easier to check with extention with those two and I'd prefer the other two if I was on an entry team. Overall, the pickhead ax is the coolest! There's nothing left standing in front of me with that thing in my hands.
02-07-2001, 08:21 PM #6fireeater650Firehouse.com Guest
Spring Hope is a small community in between Raliegh and Rocky Mount on Highway 64. It is in the southern end of Nash County.
02-07-2001, 08:24 PM #714Rescue1Firehouse.com Guest
Prefer the Halligan with the flat-headd ax, makes a great combo. If I end up with the pick-head ax I grab a 4 foot Rake to got with it.
02-07-2001, 10:17 PM #8Captain GonzoFirehouse.com Guest
Make my vote for the Halligan!
Add a flathead axe and you have the winning ticket! (and I'm sure most firefighters won't demand a recount! )
Firefighters: accepting the challenge.
02-08-2001, 02:37 PM #9Detroit FireFirehouse.com Guest
Pick Head axe if i am in a structure Fire
Haligan if i am at a car fire
02-08-2001, 02:43 PM #10FFTrainerFirehouse.com Guest
RECOUNT???? Who the hell wants a recount?? I'm still counting the original time
Seriously though, I vote for Halligan. With the exception of actually extinguishing the fire, there is really not a whole lot you can't do when you have a Halligan. You can force doors, pull walls/ceilings, vent windows and very importantly, if the you know what hits the fan, jam the point through the wall next to a window and put your halligan diagonally across the bottom corner of the window, and there's your anchor point for tying off your bail out line.
02-09-2001, 05:07 PM #11John_FordFirehouse.com Guest
If I'm venting, gimme a 8 lb pick and a long rake. If I'm forcing interior, a 10 pound sledge and the Halligan. If I just had one tool, easy jus' gimme the Halligan.
02-09-2001, 05:32 PM #12FireloverFirehouse.com Guest
Haligan all the way. The most versatile tool in your hand.
If you sent us to HELL, WE'D PUT IT OUT!!
02-09-2001, 06:34 PM #13DDFirehouse.com Guest
Halligan is my choice. Without the flat head axe the irons are like peas without carrots, as Forest would say.
02-10-2001, 01:17 AM #14airpackFirehouse.com Guest
I agree with most of the others if you mate a flathead axe w/ a haligan you have all you will need. It was once pointed out to me that if you count right a haligan has 13 different "tools" in itself.
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