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PHOENIX, Ariz. – The ultimate knock-down, punch-out, vertically-ventilating firefighting tools are now available for fire departments worldwide. Big Spike Tools have been designed, tested and used by working Phoenix firefighters in more than 50 fire situations.

After years of fighting fires with traditional tools such as pike poles, axes and saws, Phoenix Fire Captain Mike Schamadan used his experience and knowledge to develop newer ‘customized’ tools that would make firefighters jobs easier and safer. A 20-year fire veteran and a working ladder captain, Schamadan began adapting new shapes and materials to improve traditional firefighting tools in 1999. After many changes and literal trials by fire, Big Spike Tools were born.

“We just needed a quicker way to vent the ceilings and demo the walls,” said Schamadan. “The traditional pike pole doesn’t take out enough material with each strike. The Big Spike and Little Spike are much more efficient.”

Big Spike Tools feature three main components:

The Foot – The Foot of each Big Spike Tool is a serrated and gridded footplate made of Tenzaloy™, a special aluminum alloy. The Foot is used to batter, pound and punch through roofs, walls, and ceilings.

The Spike – The Spike end is also made of Tenzaloy™ and is used in the venting process to open and pull ceiling and wall material. The unique design helps firefighters avoid pulling ceiling debris directly down on themselves. The Spike end also serves a handle for extra leverage when serious hole-punching is required. Ladder crews often use the Spike end to open padlocks and door restraints.

The Pole – The Pole is a two-inch diameter, resin-reinforced fiberglass pole making Big Spike Tools strong, very light-weight and non-conductive.
The “standard” Big Spike is 78-inches long and weighs 11 lbs. However, if roof pitch angles or ceiling heights in a community require a longer Big Spike, custom lengths can be ordered at no additional costs.

The Little Spike is 30-inches long and features a “coal shovel handle” at one end, and either the FOOT or SPIKE at the other end making it ideal for close quarters venting and overhaul work in confined or cramped spaces.

Big Spike Tools are light, durable and easy to use. They will not conduct heat or electricity, are waterproof, fireproof and are maintenance free.

For more information, pricing and orders, please visit, call Captain Mike directly at 602-882-8801 or email him at

Mike Petty, Communication Links