Yes, we carry the irons together and use them together as well. From a Truck Co point of view, we believe that one tool is good but two tools are better and we always carry two tools. the irons completely accomplish this mission and a good irons FF can even use them by him/herself. We also carry the irons with a sledge hammer vs. a flat head axe. Also we carry a roof hook and a haligan as you guys do. the key is to learn the tools and their capabilites as well as limitations.
Thanks for the reply. Though you don't carry the irons at a "traditional" set. They are all there and EVERYONE carries at least one tool (that's the important part). I commented on a recent article on www.urbanfirefighter.com about how FDNY squads carry tools in a similar manner to how you describe. Thanks and Be SAFE.
Wes Hill said:
For what it's worth we do not carry the Irons as a set. We only have one ladder company and I divide the tools up to light'n the load. The officer carries the halligan and 6' hook, the "strike-man" carries his choice of striking tool(s) given the building construction, and these two marry up for the irons. My third firefighter is responsible for a 6' hook and pick head axe. Just my two cents for what works well in my response areas.