Firefighting, Truck Company

Two Hands, Two Tools

Issue 6 and Volume 162.

BY MICHAEL N. CIAMPO Sizing up the building’s rear with a halligan tool on a fire alarm call, the truck firefighters noticed water running out the back door. During door size-up, they could see hinges, indicating that it was an outward-opening door. A firefighter quickly inserted the halligan tool’s adz end into the gap between the door and the frame. Having nothing to strike the tool with to set it deeper into the gap, the firefighter used his hand to hit it. When flesh hit metal, pain instantly shot through the firefighter’s palm and wrist. Sound familiar? In numerous truck company operations classes, it is drilled into students’ heads that when you get off the truck you’d better have a tool with you. Many departments still preach this creed and abide by it today, while other departments have standardized riding positions and tools assignments. For example, firefighters assigned to the…

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