The Rescue Wedge
The Rescue Wedge is a multi-purpose tool adopted in the fire service making a firefighter's job more efficient. It works as a spanner wrench, a simple door chock, a bail-out anchor point, a fulcrum, a gap set force assist and a wedge.
CREATED BY TEXAS FIREFIGHTERS, JARED FORD AND WESELY PORTER, THE RESCUE WEDGE SERVES AS THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF FIREFIGHTERS WORLDWIDE.
The wedge has been a tool used by firefighters for years. While in firefighter rookie school we made wedges out of wood, but once the core was carved out, the wedge became to fragile. I began researching different metals and creating different styled wedges with the tools in my garage. I would create crude designs of the wedge, customize them through an etching process and then give the as gifts to firefighters in my department.
Early in my firefighting career, I attended a seminar led by a fellow firefighter. His speech to the audience asked the question, "What will be your contribution to the fire service?"
Moved by this speech I knew that I didn't want the fire service to just be a career stopping point. I wanted to contribute and give back to the fire service. So we developed The Rescue Wedge, so that firefighters had a reliable, multi-purpose tool that could be used by firefighters for years to come.
I introduced the wedge to Porter, who helped finalize the design, including branding it and helped test it in training to ensure it would be useful and effective. It quickly went from a plain wooden door wedge to a multi-purpose tool, called The Rescue Wedge.