When I joined FFN, I had one thing in mind getting to know more people and extend my horizons as a firefighter/officer. In order to be more versatile every day I'm asking you what your favorite hand tool is and how you use it...
Please surprise me, tell me what special way you use your halligan, axe or hook. Feel free to propose tools you invented or improvements on existing ones.
I'm waiting to hear from you all...
Irons or a new york hook.
I am assigned a 6 ft roof hook, a haligan, a TIC, and a box light. Together, or even separately, the roof hook and haligan have never let me down.
Whatever your tool assignment is, learn the tools! Learn your tool's capabilities and limitations. Don't be afraid to get creative during your training and learn some new applications for your tools.
So, to answer your question, I would have to say that my favorite tool is a haligan especially when married with a 6 ft roof hook. I use these tools in all applications(roof work, forcible entry, search, RIT, gaining access for the Engine Co, outside vent man, MVA's, bail outs, technical rescue, etc...).
my fave tool is the pen size glass smasher, it looks like a pen an has big spring you pull an hold next to window release it an it shatters the glass, very useful in mva's as the glass doesnt all fall out but you can easily push it out without it going everywhere