When I'm acting as a officer on the engine the tools I carry are 6' hook, TIC, and box light. The TI and box light are clipped to my belt and the hook is easily carried. The hook can be used to take a window on the way in if needed and make inspection holes as we move through the structure. The pipe man obviously has his tool, the pipe, and the back up man brings the irons to the front door in case the next co. is delayed. The way I see it my main job is to search for the seat of the fire and keep my guys safe by making sure the fire isn't over us, but I'm open to hear any suggestions. Good post
Hey Scott, I usually prefer what I call a roof hook, some people call them new york hook or haligan hook. It is more substantial than a regular pike pole. It is good for getting through any of those wall coverings. And it gives you an anchor point if you gotta bail.