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 WESLeY 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 too 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 them 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. The Rescue Wedge was developed 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 and testing 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.