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    So I'm sure most of you know the bail out method with a halligan bar in the corner of the window and repelling out. But would a pry axe extended also do the same job? I love the pry axe due to it's size and versatility but could it handle a 260 firefighter plus gear repelling down out the window? If it were to come to it I would use it but I'm just considering grabbing the halligan off the truck instead of the pry axe.

    I'm sure I'm going to hear a lot about why I would just grab a pry axe but it's a really great tool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefighter3419 View Post
    I'm sure I'm going to hear a lot about why I would just grab a pry axe but it's a really great tool!
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    As the officer on the truck, I grab a pry-axe. My irons man has the halligan. Having used both for many years, I would not substitute one for the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firefighter3419 View Post
    I love the pry axe due to it's size and versatility but could it handle a 260 firefighter plus gear repelling down out the window?
    I haven't seen one up close & personal...but judging from the pics on various vendor websites, I certainly wouldn't trust it to hold the weight of a 160lb FF and full gear, especially in the extended position. Thanks but no thanks.
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    you can never have too many halligans on a fireground.

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    We have three pry-axes in service, and i would trust it to hold the weight if it was closed. That core bar is very heavy, and when wrapped inside the handle, There is no way you would break it, or even bend it with a controlled descent.

    But,

    The bigger issue is that it is so short that it would be much more prone to slipping out of position.

    I would suspect if you jammed the pick into the wall on the high-side of the corner, and then bore the weight it would be safer, but I'm not saying I would be totally confident in it.

    It is not in the same class as the Haligan for that job.
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