T3Fire Hoox began the design and manufacture of a tool they named “The Tready Hook” in 2009. Upon obtaining a provisional patent in 2014, The Tready Hook has slowly become a standard tool on fire apparatus throughout the south. T3Fire Hoox reached out and challenged us to put their Tready Hook to the test, and we did just that. For the past six months, East Coast Fire Tactics assigned three different Tready Hooks to three different apparatus throughout the State of Florida, and we beat the snot out of it. The Tready Hook was also put through it’s paces at a local Florida fire conference and tested by over 75 different firefighters. Here is our review.
Color – Our shipment included a 4ft, 5ft, & 6ft hook. All the colors came in a high visibility except the 6’ hook. We liked the high visibility colors and would recommend them when ordering. We were able to see our tool in dim or smoky conditions and feel that the black just blended in. With that being said, you can customize the color of your tool when you order.
Weight – When we first picked up the tool we were astonished at how much it weighed. The 6’ hook weighed in at 12 lbs, we expected it to be heavier. The 12lbs made pulling ceiling and taking to the roof very manageable. Being lightweight, however, did not replace durability. We were able to punch through sheetrock without any issues and pull-out anything in our way.
Design– Your first look at this tool may be a head-scratcher. If you take a drywall hook, extend it three more feet, and add a 4inch hollow steel ball at the end, in essence, that’s your Tready Hook.
Ceiling/Overhaul– The first test we put the Tready Hook through was on a residential structure fire. We were able to punch through the ceiling without any problems. We found it easier to start with the ball first to gain a purchase point hole, then pull the ceiling with the claw. The claw made pulling ceiling easier. We were able to grab large amounts of ceiling and pull it down in large sections with ease. During overhaul, The Tready Hook ate through drywall like butter. Drywall is where the smaller hooks had the advantage.
Not too long after the first fire we put the Tready Hook to use on a fully involved vehicle fire. Did he just say vehicle fire? Yeah, that’s right we did. The pickup truck was fully-involved and had been transporting a
lot of goods. As crews were pulling the contents out with traditional New York hooks, we threw them one of the Tready Hooks from our truck… let’s just say… those crewmembers didn’t put the Tready Hook down during that overhaul. They were able to grab three times the amount of material over the New York hook. We found this tool to be extremely effective during overhaul and when pulling ceiling.
Roof Ops– We were able to utilize the Tready Hook during our roof ops training at the Apopka Fire Conference. The ball was EXCELLENT for sounding the roof. We were able to get more feedback from the 4inch ball than over the traditional hooks. Also, the ball didn’t get caught up when being utilized as the “third person.” The blade side of the tool comfortably punched through roof decking allowing firefighters to use the hook to catch their footing. As we expected, we were able to punch through the sheetrock without a problem, and the claw made it easy to pull roof decking. A majority of students preferred the Tready Hook over other hooks they were provided during our roof operations class.
Forcible entry– We were very limited when utilizing the Tready Hook for forcible entry. We were able to utilize it to extend our leverage with the Halligan tool, but that was about it. The tool was just not designed for forcible-entry and we are ok with that. As a hook, we know its place in the fire service and when to use it.
We highly recommend the Tready Hook as a frontline tool in the fire service. It is lightweight, durable, and was put through a vigorous test. It was very effective during various emergency scenes and had multiple uses and applications. For a price of $200 we feel it is very cost effective for departments. In the end, East Coast Fire Tactics feels this is a proven weapon for our battlefield. We would like to thank T3Fire Hoox for giving us the opportunity to put their tool through our test.
As always, Stay safe & Stay low.