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The Quick Step Anchor

BY ROBERT S. DUFFY The Quick Step AnchorĀ® (QSA) is a device designed to safely speed up vertical ventilation operations by providing firefighters with a sturdy platform that works in place of a pickhead ax, a trash hook, or a halligan, which are used as footholds for today's truckies. These procedures require a dedicated firefighter simply to hold the ax, trash hook, or halligan to stabilize the footing and ensure that the tool doesn't come out of the roof. And, with today's issues with reduced staffing, that member may not even be there! The QSA also eliminates the need to stop and then reposition the roof ladder to complete a roof cut; an awkward, time-consuming, and potentially dangero...

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