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    Default Practical to Tactical Firefighting

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    Now days if there is a remote chance that you may need a tool, light, gear, etc. you can find it somewhere but back in the old days firefighters made due with ever day items like hunting lights, rain coats, and welding gloves and unfortunately some still do but what stories do you have about items that were bought at the local hardware and used to fight fire with? What are some things that still get use? Our department used table salt down chimneys to fight chimney fires before we made chimney bombs out of ABC extinguisher agent. We use a folding camp shovel to clean out chimneys when they burn down to the pipe. The old guys used heavy rain coats to fight fire and coveralls. They used welding or farm gloves to protect hands from heat and harm. What did your dept. use that might make you cring to think about doing it now. What does it use today that doesn't come out of a fire catalog?
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    We acquired a jack hammer from a nearby tool rental company for use at a fire. We have smothered small open fires with sand (since we are on the beach).
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    Bones42 thanks for the reply. Come on guys even big stuff like old fuel oil tankers that were converted to tankers. Military trucks that were converted to brush trucks.
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    I use a piece of electrician's fish tape for popping open elevator doors when people are stuck inside and the elevator tech is going to be a while.
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    Recently we had a suicidal person take an overdoes of pills and then wander into the wods near his house. Upon learning of the situation the Chief had dispatch repage for any FFs who owned 4 wheelers to bring them to the location to help in the search.
    This isn't the first time we've used personal ATVs for something like this. So everytime we have a little extra money in the budget we joke about buying a couple 4 wheelers and a trailer to haul them on. Chief says that is the reason he hates to miss a meeting. He's afraid the next day he'll find a bill from the Honda motorsports dealer on his desk.

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    We have used the city crews back hoe for forced
    entry into a warehouse fire. We have used the chiefs
    tractor to clear the hwy after a tomato truck rollover
    private boat for river rescue. sawmills front end loader
    for sawdust silo fires what ever is at hand to get the
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    Originally posted by PFire23
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    Not quite sure on the history of this, but we use bowling pins as hydrant mallets.
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    We use canvas lineman's bags for our hydrant kits. The steel hoop keeps the mouth of the bucket open for easy access to the usual assortment of adapters, hydrant wrenches, etc.
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    copy the bowling pin ! dont what made them so useful back then.
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    Seatbelts work great for many things. We took a seatbely and had it sewn where needed to form a loop at one end and 2 ends with bucles at the other at a local canvas shop. We use it for laying LDH for the hydrant. Fold over the end of your LDH so you have about 10' folded, then secure the seatbelt around it, with a loop hanging off the back of the rig. When you need to tag the hydrant, grab the seatbelt loop and pull and drop the loop around the hydrant. No need to have someone wrap the hydrant with the LDH and stand on it. After the engine stops, undo the buckle on the seatbelt and you still have your 10' of play in the hose to hook it up. Hard to explain, but I'll try to get a picture if I can.......

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