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HOW BASIC CAN YOU GET? HOW ABOUT HAND TOOLS FOR TRUCK WORK?

Issue 6 and Volume 147.

HOW BASIC CAN YOU GET? HOW ABOUT HAND TOOLS FOR TRUCK WORK? RANDOM THOUGHTS How’s that for a title? You know my motto: “Let’s get back to basics before their absence kills us!” To talk about truck work and the tools you need to accomplish it, I have to begin with one of my pet peeves—the one-tool firefighter. I hope this guy has gone the way of the ratchet door opener, the punch and chisel, the six-pound axe, and the like. There is no scenario in which on arrival you can choose one tool from the assortment and be productive and accomplish your goals for the entire firefighting operation, As a matter of fact, in the old days I used to tell my people, “If I catch you with one tool, you work for someone else.” Choose your tools based on two things: assignment (truck ftinction) and size-up. What do…

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