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    Default FDNY Officer Tool?

    I was reading through some stuff and came across this. What is a truck officer tool?


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    No different than an Engine Officer's Tool. Its an 'A' tool made by firehooks unlimited.

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    Jonny, do you guys use the rex tool at all? What do you think, any better than the a-tool?

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    The A-Tool from Firehooks Unlimited is very good. I carry one at work.

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    I used to carry an Officer's Tool, AKA "O-Tool" or "A-Tool", for a year or so and didn't care for it much. It was too small and lightweight to be very useful. It seems to be more of a mini lock-puller, but on the very few occasions when we do through-the lock, we have better tools available - like the K-Tool.

    Personally, I prefer to carry a 30" Pro-Bar Halligan. With that I can do some actual work/damage, breach a wall, or rig a quick anchor if need be.

    A good FDNY friend told me that the Officer's Tool exists in FDNY because the officer is there to supervise, not to get hands-on in performing tasks. There are contractual issues that semi-require the officer to carry no "real" tools other than those required to supervise - radio, handlight and this Officers Tool. In fact the firemen can get quite testy if the officer tries to do "their" job. The staffing levels in my department do not permit the officer the option of being strictly a supervisor.

    I guess the officer's tool is better than carrying nothing but it's not a tool I, personally, would prefer.

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    I have a good friend who is a Lt of a very busy truck...he has told me that he has actually bent the jaws on the Rex tool. He has used it to pry open light doors in apartment buildings, but it is very limited in it's uses due to it's size. I know some officers have 24" (the max. length they are allowed to carry...union rules or something like that) halligan bars. Either custom made from a 30" or purchased from Fire Hooks.

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    My officers usually carry Pry-Axes from Paratech.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 37truck View Post
    I have a good friend who is a Lt of a very busy truck...
    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!! "very busy truck"....LOL.....stop you're killing me! Thats the funniest thing I'ver heard in a while....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    My officers usually carry Pry-Axes from Paratech.
    Same here. We have three and they are very popular with the red hats.

    The young guys get to lug the irons or the TNT tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieB View Post
    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!! "very busy truck"....LOL.....stop you're killing me! Thats the funniest thing I'ver heard in a while....
    My stones feel fine...if your looking to pimp the truckies take it up with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 37truck View Post
    My stones feel fine...if your looking to pimp the truckies take it up with him.
    No worries....rest asured that every Engineman on this job reminds the truck of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieB View Post
    No worries....rest asured that every Engineman on this job reminds the truck of this.
    I would expect nothing less bro.

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    Whats a rex tool?

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