3 Reasons Firefighters Use Shovels

Firefighters keep shovels and e-tools with them for a number of important reasons. They've even modified a special tool called a Pulaski which is a modified tool resembling a pickaxe / axe / shovel combination.

When it comes to wildfires, water is your best bet. But if you have no water, shovels have stopped them when there wasn't any available. This man saved his entire homestead with nothing but determination and a shovel.

Long story short, we had no available water for fighting fire–just the one, lone, extremely busy shovel. When the fire was over, neighbors and professional firefighters had saved the rest of the mountain from being burned out. Our cabin, however, was saved by us and no one else, using our wits, determination, and no physical tools beyond our bare hands and a single yellow handled #2 spade.

Here are 3 ways Firefighter use shovels

1. Smother Flames 

When flames are still small or low to the ground, simply throwing dirt of them is often enough to smother the fire. Take large scoops of dirt and aim them at the base of the flame.

2. Cut a Fireline

A fireline or firebreak is a gap in vegetation or other combustible material that acts as a barrier to slow or stop the progress of a bushfire or wildfire. A firebreak may occur naturally where there is a lack of vegetation or "fuel", such as a river, lake or canyon. Firebreaks may also be man-made. Using your pickaxe or folding the shovel at a 90-degree angle makes quick use of dry vegetation that can be scraped away and will no longer be fuel for the fire.

3. Hack Away Dry Brush

When there is a lot of dry brush in an area, flying sparks can jump and ignite other areas which is dangerous because you could become trapped. Hacking away this loose, dry brush will keep it from reaching out and catching sparks.

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