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The Halligan: “The Maximum in Utility, Efficiency and Speed”

Introduced in 1948, the halligan tool found ready acceptance within a few years. See Fire Engineering’s September 1941 notice of Hugh A. Halligan’s promotion (“Halligan Deputy Commissioner”), the March 1948 story on its introduction (“New Multi-Use Forcible Entry Tool”), the July 1950 item on his recognition by Boston firefighters (“Chief Hugh Halligan Honored”), and the February 1953 notice of a proposed bill mandating that Massachusetts police cruisers carry the tool (“Halligan Tool Gets Nod”), all HERE. Below, FE contributor Mike Ciampo offers some more background. The Halligan Tool and Hugh Halligan When we think about the fire service and its evolution, we often look at certain thing...

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