Halligan Bar Tool also known as a Halligan Pro-Bar, Pro-Bar, Hooligan or Hallagan, is a popular tool used by firefighters & miltary personal. Its known as the perfect forcible entry tool and is a standard piece of equipment with the FDNY and fire departments across the country.
The Halligan Bar is named after its designer, Hugh Halligan, who was a First Deputy Fire Commissioner at the New York City Fire Department. It is a multipurpose tool which combines many features for a number of applications in forcible entry situations. These features include the claw (or fork), a blade (or adz), and a pick. The various features presented in this tool allow for prying, twisting, punching or striking any number of obstacles that may be in a firefighter’s way. It can also be driven into a roof or wall to provide an additional foothold for a firefighter engaged in vertical ventilation.
There are several popular variations to the original Halligan Pro-Bar. One modification by Fire Hooks Unlimited is a wider adz. Another variant is a sliding collar “hammer” creating momentum used to force the clawed wedge end into place. Another replaces the fork end with a shape that resembles a lever-type can opener, which is used for making holes in sheet metal for ventilation or access. The original Pro-Bar and its variants are available in a number of lengths, usually 18 to 54 inches, with the 30" Halligan being the most common.
No matter what form it takes, a true Halligan Bar is drop forged into a one piece construction. Pro-bars can be combined or “married” with other tools to form useful kits. The most common of these is the “set of irons” which consists of a Pro-bar and flathead axe, joined at the heads. This combination is a convenient way for a firefighter to be prepared for any number of situations on the field with just two tools.