About a year ago our company decided to add a set of Heavy Irons (Maul mated with Haligan) to our truck. Anticipating the department not approving the purchase, we fronted the money ourselves and put them in service. Like all the other different types of tools on the truck they are loved by some, disinterested by some others, but accepted by all who are assigned to the station. Recently our chief of operations found out about them and ordered them to be removed from the truck. His reasoning is that since they are not purchased by the department they are a liability in the case of an injury. Naturally the jakes are all dumb-founded about the reason for them being removed. We currently have a standard on firefighters using their privately purchased hoods, boots, flashlights, and ect. Do not understand the difference. We want our heavy irons back and we need some help convincing the bossman.