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In these three pictures you can see a what some call an Iron set, a sledge type axe and a pick headed axe...
Some departments may require the knowledge of how to use the axe and more importantly how to swing an axe. Just like anything else there is always a technique...Know your tools and where there at on your apparatus...
Some firefighters may ask does my axe need to be sharp, as in any case you want a good edge but not as sharp as a razor...When useing the cutting edge always keep in mind the nails and other metals you maybe working with and the chipping of the cutting edge when sharpen to thin...If ever in doubt find a new axe and train the personal who will be takeing care of the equipment and have the knowledge of what a new one looks like from the manufacture and thats how the cutting edge should be brought back to when sharpen.

Now in this picture you can see the paint is plum wore off and it may have rust...Can anyone tell me the proper way to remove the rust and the painting of the head when needed???
Some Important tips on axes:
1. Carry the axe blade away from the body.
2. Keep the pick head cover on when carrying and if there black thank about painting them to a bright color so they can be found at night on your scenes.
3. Never carry an axe over the shoulder
4. Always be aware whats around you when swinging.
5. When useing the axe they are not to be used free swinging, Firmly grasp the handle with both hands.
and concentrate on what your hitting, or what some may call a controlled and accurate stroke.

Pick head axe cover...

As you can see from the first picture the firefighter is useing the pick head part to open up a roof for verticle ventilation.The reason for this is the cutting edge has a tendency to stick and the axe has to be moved back and forth to free the axe.
Thanks Chief...always good to get back to basics

For the wildland firefighter here is Two (2) pictures of what they call the Pulaski Axe
The Axe is used for clearing and making fire breaks on wild fires.
Can be painted to a bright color for muti agency equipment accountability, and to be seen in night time operations.
Your most welcome Jake...Be safe out there Brother...

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