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Interested in which tools get utilized the least. I have never grabbed a closet pike in my life...except maybe to scratch my back. Another tool that doesn't seem to get much use these days is the pick axe. It appears the trend is to have multipurpose the T.N.T. tool. This has likely been the case for many years as evident by Hugh Halligan.

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I agree that the haligan is one of the most versatile tools in our business. The irons are ideal to take to the roof. use the halligan as a step and if the saw fails, use the flat head axe. I know many guys who take the TNT to the roof and it also works great. 6' roof hooks can be used alot of different ways. Shorter hooks are probably easier to maneuver in smaller structures, but with a 6' you can reach most residential ceilings and vent outside windows. Any hook shorter than 5', I can do the same job with a haligan. Pick head axes are still very useful and very traditional. So, whatever tool we use, we need to be proficient in it and that comes with training. Now, the most useless tool that we carry in my opinion is the hux bar. I do not know the history of its' design, but I have never used it.
i agree with Cap. wild. all the tools in the fire service have there time and place some just more then others, but the firefighter that has nothing to offer would have to be the most useless tool on the job.

Greg Wild said:

Here's my answer--- Although not PC, but probably accurate!

The number 1 useless tool in the Fire Service is.......

The firefighter who stops learning and spends most of the time complaining about things that he (or she) should be fixing.



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