Bailout Hooks–Your Preference?

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A recurring question that comes up during almost every firefighter escape or bailout class is which anchor hook most people use and why. We like to train firefighters with the equipment they have, but the hook debate always seems to cause some passionate opinions on which is best and why. I feel that it is not as important what hook you have, but whichever you are using… be an expert with it. No matter what system you are using you must know how to use it properly in any and all conditions that you may face as a firefighter.

We have students that ask if they must wear structural firefighting gloves when they take our classes. As you can assume our response is always the same, you should practice as you play. We feel like if you cut corners in training scenarios, you will repeat your training performance when under stress. So we encourage students to put themselves in situations that are realistic to what they will face in real situations.

Having said that, I would like to hear from all of you as to what anchor you use and WHY. Please take the time to leave constructive opinion and discussion as to why you prefer a given device. If you have used and like multiple hooks that fine also. Please try to avoid arguments which really don’t help anyone. I am looking for reasonable reviews of the popular anchors so others can more quickly research and develop an opinion on anchors to test when making an equipment purchase.

Thanks, Frank

1 Comment

  • Alex Streichenwein says:

    I prefer the NARS hook by Rescue Products Int.  This is the first hook of its design that offers you the ability to use it as a stand alone anchor or with a hand tool/hook combination.  I have trained on numerous hooks and feel the NARS hook performs the best.  It is easy to hold against the window sill when bailing out due to the hole in the center.  When tying off remotely you do not have to tie any half hitches around the hook, you just pass a bite of rope from around the substantial object thru the hole in the hook and back over the hook. The hole in the center is designed for passing the fork end of a halligan thru or a six foot hook.  The hook is also made out of stamped aluminum which makes it light weight.

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