English translation: folding spade/shovel (fire); entrenching shovel (mil.)
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Explanation: Austrian Military Folding Jeep Shovel/Entrenching Tool $6.99
... Field tested by the Austrian army, this shovel has a 17 1/2" wooden handle with a 6 1/2 x 8 1/2" spade. 2 positions for shovel and transport. ...
What equipment do you carry while fighting wildland fires?
Has anyone heard of carrying a collapsible shovel with them while fighting a wildland fire? I want to find one b/c it's too hard to carry both a grass flap and keep up with a shovel. Some members of my dept. think it's stupid to want one and I want another opinion. Right now all I carry are a letherman and EMS scissors (to cut vines and other obstructions)
As the great Sgt. Stanislaus Jablonski, from Hill Street Blues would say, “LET’S DO IT TO THEM BEFORE THEY DO IT TO US”
In the Infantry we called them E-tools,short for entrenching tool, they are quite the handy item.Best place to pick one up is your local Army/Navy surplus store. they usually run around $10.00 there.As most of us know, if you attach the term "firefighting tool" or "rescue equipment" to anything they automatically add $20.00 to the price.
that which does not kill us makes us stronger
If you want folding shovels go to your local Sunny's Surplus or military surplus store. They should have them. I've got an old Army issue folding shovel that I could carry, if permission is given to carry it and since I'll be using it as my personal tool.
Wil Clark Vol. FireFighter
Oakland/Lorain Fire Dept.
Station 6 & 7
Certified: 1st Responder, Wildland Fire
Nickname(s): Bandanna Man, Wil Smith
NEVER FORGET, ALWAYS REMEMBER THE 343
September 11, 2001
Personal Opinion, entrenching tool is too short for real use during wildland firefighting. Would take you forever to do a fireline with one. We have a brush truck and our 2nd engine (which is setup for wildland-interface) that carry gas powered leaf blowers, leaf rakes, and long handle shovels. A lot of what you use depends on where you are and the types of fuel you encounter.
For example, here in MO, you can use leafblowers and rakes because theres usually a heavy coat of leaves on the ground.
Texas, leafblowers would be useless, too many vines, and briars. You need something like a McCleod tool.
Places with lots of little trees need to carry Pulaskis, good for getting at roots.