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    So for any operators out there or dudes that are creative with designing tools, my department is pretty strapped for cash but our team is without a break and rake type of entry tool similar to one blackhawk makes. Just seeing if anybody has a simple homemade design that people have used on their tac teams for breaking/clearing windows. I've seen things like retro-fitting an olympic weight bar with a couple inches of metel welded to the end for debris clearing....any thoughts or ideas?

    Thanks, and watch your six...

  • #2
    Back when we had an active team and all of our officers were crossed trained fire fighters as well, we just used a halogen tool. Their near indestructable and good for break and rake or prying reinforced doors when used in conjunction with a well placed sledge hammer strike. Very portable too.
    Maybe FD will let you borrow one when needed if you cant purchase one for some reason.


    • #3
      Correction...Halligan tool.


      • #4
        We went to a neighboring county that had a large professional fire dept and they gave us a haligan that they had retired. It worked great.


        • #5
          Simple and cost effective for a brake and rake.

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          • #6
            2 feet of steel pipe $6.50 at Lowes.

            Grip Tape $2 a roll.

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            Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
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            • #7
              A standard pike pole works too.....it's also effective to grab any blinds/curtains and rip them too.
              Went to Get a Cold Pop


              • #8
                I agree with the pike pole (used by all fire departments) as you can stay far enough away from the kill zone, break, rake and clear out the window from a distance. Check with your local FD and I am sure you can find one they will "donate" to you. Down side is that they are about 10' long. You can always "field-fix" it. Halligans or Hooligans are great but short. Just my thoughts, good luck.


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