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Just because you are on an engine company, does not excuse you from bringing hand tools in to do work other that hose line stuff.  A good engine crew will be ready to overhaul the fire area once the fire in knocked. Sometimes the truck crews are doing other stuff like search, laddering or venting. The truck crew might not be there to pull ceilings so it is up to you as the engine crew. Same holds true for forcing doors. You carry those tools on the engine for a reason.

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Comment by Don Catenacci on November 8, 2015 at 9:35pm

I couldn't agree more with this post.  I have trained my guys to take tools with them from the engine.  Depending on the situation that may mean an axe, the irons, hooks, or all three.  An investigation gets all members with a tool, one with the can, and the officer with the TIC.  A firefighter without tools is worse than useless.

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