Thread: TOP 5........
01-09-2000, 11:02 PM #1JAY FROM OHIOFirehouse.com Guest
If you could only carry 5 tools in an investigation kit what would they be??? Now these are tools in the "hardware" sense. Cameras, tape recorders, or stuff that can't be purchased at a regular hardware don't count. Please share why you choosewhat you choose. Thanks. Jay
01-09-2000, 11:12 PM #2JAY FROM OHIOFirehouse.com Guest
I'll get the ball rolling. I've been an investigator for 2 1/2 years on a small rural combination department. My 5 choices would be: a utility knife, crowbar, putty knife, blind man's measuring tape and a bottle of Fantastik.
* Th utility knife because it comes in handy on removing samples or as a sharp scraping tool.
* A crowbar for it's unmatched prying power.
* A putty knife for gingerly scraping samples off of floors, doors or any other potential site.
* A blind man's tape measure but the large numbers are easy to see in those "poor" lighting conditions and they show up well in photos.
* A bottle of Fantastik. Ok, ok; so it's not exactly a tool but I was taught at a conference once that it is the only cleaning chemical that will thouroughly clean off hydrocarbons and will not give off false positives on subsiquent samples.
I know you can come up with much better ones.
01-24-2000, 11:20 AM #3firechick1Firehouse.com Guest
Not doing many structure fires these days so my five essentials are a little different.
1) my camera-no pictures, no fire scene.
2) my leatherman tool-knives, screwdrivers, can be used to scrape, cut and even do small pry jobs.
3) my notebook-found a handy-dandy one that is realatively water-proof (no smears and can be written on when wet). No more writing in ziploc bags.
4)flashlight-adds lights to pictures, can be used if your flash decides to quit; also nice to see what could be hiding in the corner of the crawlspace underneath the house before you bellycrawl in there.
5)magnifying glass-I look at a lot of electrical wire in the types of investigations I am doing.
01-24-2000, 09:16 PM #4mtnfireguyFirehouse.com Guest
2. Tape Measure
3. 4 in 1 Screwdriver
4. Utility knife
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