Many thanks to retired Supt. of Alarms and Apparatus Richie Lostritto for sending these photos of a training session with the department's first Hurst tool. Dep. Chief Training Officer Ken Harrington conducted the training with the crews of Engine 3 and Rescue 2 on Platoon 4.
A 1964 Pontiac Tempest once owned by Judy Frodel was donated for practice. The loading dock looks like the rear of Henry Richards on Dixwell Avenue, or perhaps the old Brock-Hall Dairy building on Whitney Avenue.
Ralph Tomaselli sitting on HFD's first Hurst Tool cadaver, a 1964 Pontiac Tempest that had belonged to Judy Frodel.
Howie Hurlburt, Jr. with Halligan bar pries an opening for the jaws.
Capt. Jack Laffin and an unidentified firefighter attack the door jamb. Rescue 2 and Engine 3 can be seen in the background.
OPEN! Dep. Chief Harrington is at right.
Howie demonstrates how the Hurst tool could be used to elevate an automobile. HFD began using airbags in the mid-1980s.