Definition: a tool used by firefighters to break down doors, walls, and other obstacles during firefighting operations.
Q1. What are the uses of a fire axe in firefighting operations?
A1. A fire axe is used to break down obstacles such as doors, walls, and windows during firefighting operations. It can also be used to create ventilation holes in roofs and walls.
Q2. What is the difference between a regular axe and a fire axe?
A2. A fire axe has a longer handle than a regular axe and a wider, flatter blade. The longer handle allows for greater leverage and the wider blade is designed for prying as well as chopping.
Q3. How heavy is a fire axe?
A3. A fire axe typically weighs between 6 and 8 pounds, although some can weigh up to 12 pounds.
Q4. How often do firefighters use fire axes?
A4. Firefighters may use fire axes during every firefighting operation they are called to. The frequency of use depends on the specific situation.
Q5. Can anyone use a fire axe in emergency situations?
A5. Fire axes should only be used by trained and authorized personnel, such as firefighters. They are dangerous tools and can cause injury if not used properly.