Ventilation, forcible entry and extrication are bread-and-butter operations, but without the right tools, it’s nearly impossible to achieve successful outcomes. This guide details the key considerations for purchasing tools for ventilation, forcible entry, extrication and other tasks that require in-depth knowledge of how the tool works, how far it can be pushed, and how to maximize its abilities.
Simple steps to ensure you know what you need and what’s just “extra”
It’s helpful to develop a tool training schedule to ensure members’ skill remain automatic
We must be well versed in the proper use of chainsaws and our go-to hand tools
Your go-to options include a Halligan, roof hook, flathead ax, force wedge, thermal imager and flashlight
The mission often requires a dynamic loadout of equipment based on probable risk factors and the construction and occupancy type of the fire building