The New York roof hook (or halligan hook) is a firefighting tool used mostly for rooftop operations including vertical and horizontal ventilation,[1] pulling and prying.

Developed in the 1940s by FDNY Deputy Chief Hugh Halligan, a prolific firefighting inventor who also designed the Halligan bar, the tool is composed of a 6-foot (1.8 m) long shaft with two triangular-shaped ends jutting in opposite directions. One is angled at 45 degrees, the other at 90 degrees.[2]

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  1. ^ "Truck Company Tools Across the Country". Fire Engineering. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "The New York Roof Hook" (PDF). Retrieved 1 June 2015.