Leader

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Tool question for company officers

Collapse
This topic is closed.
X
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Tool question for company officers

    When I first started in the fire service, the company officer carried a portable radio and a hauling line into fires. Today, I see some officers on my department carrying an "O-tool" (looks similar to a mini halligan). This got me wondering what is the tool of choice, if any, carried by company officers in your department?

  • #2
    I carry the mini halligan on my belt, just cause i have had so many times when it comes in handy and its sooo light weight. I also like to have an axe with me and a flashlight. Plus each company officer takes a portable with them.

    ------------------
    Captain James Collier
    McMahan Fire Rescue
    KCTCS Area 6 Instructor

    Comment


    • #3
      In my opinion, the tools that you carry depend on what functions you are expecting to perform. I know that in some departments, officers are not permitted to engage in actual firefighting duties, such as operating the nozzle or pulling ceilings. Most of these departments, however, enjoy the luxury of having adequate staffing. My department is not one of these. If I am the OIC of a truck (ladder) company or rescue company, I must be an integral and working part of the team. As such, I carry the tools necessary to perform truck company or rescue functions. A hook (6 ft.) and a halligan bar at a minimum, and, depending on the situation, a can (pressurized water extinguisher). If on an engine, I will sometimes carry a halligan bar and or hydra-ram (one-peice hydraulic forcible entry tool). In some cases (top floor fires, for instance), I will also carry a hook or instruct a member of my crew to bring a hook with them.

      In short, anticipate what you will need, and bring the necessary tools with you. The life you save can and will be your own.

      [This message has been edited by DCFD1051 (edited 05-25-2001).]

      Comment

      300x600 Ad Unit (In-View)

      Collapse

      Upper 300x250

      Collapse

      Taboola

      Collapse

      Leader

      Collapse
      Working...
      X