Leverage Your Halligan

Firefighter halligan face down (adz and pick on the ground).

Firefighter halligan face down (adz and pick on the ground).

By: Tom Delano, New Jersey

In my opinion, the halligan is the fireman’s best tool. One of my favorite ways to use the halligan is to gain leverage when I need to pry or lift something off the ground. Lay the halligan down on the ground so that the adz and pick end are against the solid base (it should form a triangular shape with the ground). Now you can use your prying tool against the halligan to gain extra leverage, like using a pry bar to lift a garage door or other heavy object.

Disclaimer: You must always consider your own personal safety, as well as fire department policies and procedures.