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    Default The Official JetAxe Thread

    Back when Men where Men.

    When only Firemen and Soldiers wore helmets.

    When coats where cotton duck, closed with snaps, and helmets lacked bump caps. And you put them on while riding the rear step.

    And John Wayne was Politically Correct.

    We had JetAxe.

    For those young bucks who don't have a clue what we're talking about...

    And especially for those young bucks who think we're pulling legs with tales of shaped charge explosives being entrusted to firemen...



    (Ok, so it was long gone by the time I joined the fire service...still one day, back in some dark recess of the storage buildings regional fire training school, I hold out hope I will find one...)

    Image was scanned from the February, 1969 edition of Fire Engineering. I have a collection of half a dozen or so fire magazines from back around then...pretty interesting reading both how much things have changed...and how much has stayed the same.
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    OMG...

    Reading the ad copy closely...

    How many kids are out there that have no clue how you place a collect call?

    I can *barely* remember making those!!!

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    Dal:

    Nice post. I remember seeing the JetAxe in one of the old IFSTA redbooks. An eposide of Emergency! also had a JetAxe.

    I did a Google search for JetAxe and could not find any pictures.

    As far as your magazine collection, I'll wager a cup of coffee that communication (or lack thereof) was a problem identified during major fires. Some things have not changed.
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    A true blast from the past.

    I remember seeing a video of jet axe being used (more like a film converted to video) when I went to rookie school. Sadly Jet Axe was a thing of the past by then. I expect it was a combination of being way too expensive and way too tempting. . .

    Dal - if you do happent to stumble on an old sample, give me a shout before you do the honors!
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    You have just found a former Jet-Axe user. I'm here to tell you those things were FUN to play with, but we kinda wore out our welcome in a few places. One State Fire School Instructor once asked if we wanted to demonstrate a JetAxe unit at a Regional Training Event. We set one up on the wall of a Frame Building (that was constructed for the Training Event) and expected to cut a nice hole in the wall. It cut such a good hole that the structure collapsed. I could sit here for an hour discussing (or cussing) JetAxe, but I'm glad they're gone.
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    OMG!

    I had absolutly no clue what you were talking about.

    But all I have is: WHAT IN THE HELL!
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    Default Jet Axe

    Been there, done that! Great way to open a hole in a bathroom, which we did all three times that we used one. Sure did clear the streets during an evening time riot though!! It was one time we actually did have more firepower than they did.

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    But it's the Official JetAxe Thread Harve...we need tales

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    Holy Crap....I love this stuff...everytime I hear the word, Jet Axe, it makes me smile. Dal....great thread. Now Harve...speak up, we need stories. And Gonz, your crusty enough. I'm sure you've used it.
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    never used one but did see them deployed in my early FF training in 1987 ! and for then it was a modern VHS tape !
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    You hit the big 2-0 next year too, eh Weruj?

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    Josh, Larry remembers this stuff!

    Maybe if we get enough momentum, they'll bring it bakc. Can you imagine venting a roof with that stuff? Just drop it out of a ladder bucket, retract a bit, and BOOM-- instant vent hole!
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    I'm sitting here right now imagining a couple of our young guys getting legal access to shaped-charge device and it ain't a pretty visual!

    I do, however, second Dal's call for stories from Harve!

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    The jet-axe has to be one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Like many others I had no idea what people were talking about when the jet-axe was mentioned. I am disappointed that they are no longer in service. I am up for hearing some great stories!!!

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    This ran through my head as I was reading about the Jet-Axe

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    Lived in Rio Vista, worked in Fairfield (Travis AFB). Our family would go out to Explosive Technolegy during their open house each year- - - -lots of fun.
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    One of my old chief said they tested on on opening a roof once. Said it worked great but it blew **** everywhere.

    All firefighters need is explosives. lol imagine the pranks gone wrong.
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    Default I understand JetAxe....

    ....but......what's a "$75,000 truck"????????
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    There are now two things that I wish just once I could try that are no longer allowed, ride the tailboard (just once, I bet its a lotta fun), and open up whatever I possibly can with as many jetaxes as I could get my hands on. AHH forget hoods and gear, we need to discuss why we haven't had more inventions for the fire service that involve explosives!

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    Posted by PFD4life....

    Holy Crap....I love this stuff...everytime I hear the word, Jet Axe, it makes me smile. Dal....great thread. Now Harve...speak up, we need stories. And Gonz, your crusty enough. I'm sure you've used it.
    My FD never had one... the old Chiefs were probably afraid that it would be used to blow the door off the office at the old Central to gain access or, in the case of one Chief who wasn't liked by anyone, was fear of being fragged!!

    That ad came from a 1969 issue of Fire Engineering... in 1969, I was a sophomore in high school, trying to impress the young ladies by inviting them to see the rock band I played in!

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    ....but......what's a "$75,000 truck"????????
    In 1969, $75K bought one hell of a nice truck!
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    Ummmmm.

    "Hey Chief, if we put about 20 of these around the house and fire them together."

    "No son, it MAY blow the fire out, but it WILL produce matchsticks."

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    Hey Weruj,

    Wonder if Jet-Axe could have been used in that Osborne St. Fire???

    What a ruckus that would have created!

    Could of vented the D side cockloft though!
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    that would have DEFINETLY solved our ventialtion issue !
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    HAHA probably would have sped up the roof collapse as well.
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    Back then $75,000 bought TWO nice homes too.
    Remember hearing about it in my early days but never knew anyone who had or used it. Seemed like a fun item.

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