Rescue 42’s McLaski
Rescue 42, Inc. has developed a new product designed by firefighters for firefighters, the McLaski Wildland Combination Tool.
“The traditional tools used in I-Zone firefighting have been the McLeod and Pulaski,” said long time California firefighter and inventor Tim O’Connell, who founded Rescue 42. “I wanted a lightweight, well balanced tool that would have the best features of both plus some extras to minimize the number of tools I had to haul around on a wildland fire.”
The McLaski features 7 essential wildland tools: a fire rake, hoe, scraper, axe, wildland spanner wrench, gas wrench and fusee holder. Its innovative head design is well balanced and weighs less than 6 pounds to minimize firefighter fatigue, yet is extremely effective at cutting line.
“With more people moving into wilderness areas, the need for effective wildland equipment has never been greater,” O’Connell said. “This one tool allows wildland firefighters to chop small brush, create and maintain fire lines and trails and safely light back fires. It’s also an effective tool for structural fires and is great at pulling ceilings, sheetrock, carpet, shingles and other normal overhaul operations.”
The McLaski has a Nupla composite handle and is available in three handle lengths, 42, 48 and 60 inches. The 48-inch handle is also available in wood.
Rescue 42, started in 1995 in northern California, is a manufacturer of innovative rescue equipment.
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