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Polaski & McLeod, The Basic Tools of our Trade
A Pulaski is a two-headed hand tool, a combination of axe and pick. Like a gardener or farmer’s mattock, it can be used for chopping and digging. When California Firefighters mop up a fire, they constantly do both to extinguish a hot spot. They cut tree branches, logs, roots — anything that’s still burning or capable of burning in the future — using CAL FIRE’s most popular tool.
The McLeod is multisided and serves as a rake and cutting knife. The rake end can move debris and flatten ground, while the cutting edges serve as a hoe. It’s an ugly-looking piece of equipment but it gets the job done.
Both tools are a firefighter’s best friends. For wildland fires, these are the standard firefighting tools.
The Polaski and McLeod are true Multi-Use Tools
The tools’ have other purposes, such as deeply implanting them to use as leverage when climbing steep terrain. The Pulaski and McLeod are ground-pounding, dirt-excavating hand equipment, and they are invaluable to clearing debris in tough areas.
Designed by Firefighters for Firefighters
Pulaski’s and McLeod’s origins date to the early 1900s. Malcolm McLeod, a U.S. Forest Service Ranger, created his strange-looking but effective hand tool. Ed Pulaski, also a Forest Service Ranger, invented and patented the Pulaski.
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The two owners of Ethos Fire, both retired and active Fire Captains, bring a wealth of experience from their prior roles as fire academy instructors and captains in a major metropolitan fire department. With this expertise, they aim to instill the established ethos to the next generation of firefighters. Ethos Fire prioritizes safety for our fighters above all else. Their gear is designed and manufactured using the latest technologies and materials that meet or exceed National Fire Protection Association standards.
This ensures that firefighters are protected from heat, flames, and other hazardous conditions they may encounter during their duty.