We have been asked several times what we carry in our gear - AKA “what’s in your pockets?” I try to keep it simple. What are the most important items I will need if the next run is a working fire? The image above shows what I carry on the outside - wooden wedge on the left side. Right side flashlight, knife and elevator keys.
For this tool modification, I started with a 24’ Fire Hooks Unlimited (FHU) ProBar. I cut the pike off and added a Rex Tool in its place. This tool modification provides a firefighter with a decent size bar for forcible entry and pulling locks.
The firefighting hood is an important part of our personal protective equipment ensemble. Not only does the hood provide thermal protection, it protects us from harmful, hazardous particles and substances. Wearing your hood should be a habit - here’s how to make it one.
Familiarize yourself with the size of your apparatus hose bed and know how much hose you have stored. For example, if you need 100 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose line and know the bed is 10 feet deep, you know you need to pull ten lengths. You’ll grab five folds of fire hose and unload…
It is very common for responding fire crews to get locked out of multi-unit dwellings. To hedge against this, we carry spring clamps on all of our EMS bags for use as simple door chocks.
During an extrication, it’s likely you’ll need to break a window. A window punch at an accident scene can create a mess and be dangerous. If not secured, shards of glass can be spread all over your work area, including you and the victim. If you don’t have any sticky spray, duct tape can be a useful alternative.
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.