03/07/11 116 W, 2 I - + 12 - 6 TURK / Tools with Wheels

Just add wheels. That's what DCFD Lt. Greg Turnell did with a RIT basket. As this Statter911 story and guest column reports, Lt. Turnell calls his invention TURK. This picture tells a thousand words. Then read the above story and the TURK product site to learn more.


Wheeled tools have been used for decades in Europe and Japan, from the famous wheeled escape ladders of the London Fire Brigade to the ubiquitous hose reels mounted on French apparatus. Wonder why such seeming labor-savers have never caught on in the American fire service? Maybe TURK will change that.

The Turk looks like a great idea – hope it works well for them. I remember an FDNY squad co. (252 I believe) doing something similar for their extrication tools, using a hand dolly and some good old Firefighter determination.
In regards to why it hasnt caught on in America Mike, I think the problem lies in space and time. This type of invention would predominately be suited for American Ladder and Rescue companies (or squad co.‘s). However, we cram every bit of equipment we can on these rigs..jacks, tools, boats, etc.. that in order to have one of these wheeled wonders, it would have to be stored in a place out of the way of day to day operations. The roof seems like the only spot left at times…(ask FDNY Rescues about their boats, or RFD Ladders about their stokes baskets!)

So to use one would be great, but trying to fit it is difficult. On RFD L-1, we have a hand truck to haul our Big Electric Fan around, and many our battalion companies use our stokes for their RIT equipment – though they have to move it by hand or drag it with 6’ hooks.

Stay Safe Everyone!
A.S. Meier - 03/07/11 - 14:24

If you’ll reference some of the die-cast replicas of the European and English apparatus that held these wheeled pieces, you’ll note that they’re either roof-mounted or towed behind. I think that’s the problem. As A.S. said, we cram everything we can into our rigs and then some.
Duda (Email) - 03/07/11 - 16:06

Remember personal info?

/ Textile

Comment moderation is enabled on this site. This means that your comment will not be visible on this site until it has been approved by an editor.

To prevent spam we require you to answer this silly question

  (Register your username / Log in)

Hide email:

Small print: All html tags except <b> and <i> will be removed from your comment. You can make links by just typing the url or mail-address.