Designed by and named for New York City Fire Department First Deputy Chief Hugh Halligan in 1948, the Halligan consists of a bar with claw or fork, a blade (wedge or adze), and a tapered pick. Some feature a sliding weight for hammering the bar into a gap to facilitate prying.
This year, teams do not have to stick closely to the traditional design of the Halligan Bar but can modify or optimize the design to improve its utility while performing the functions of the traditional Halligan Bar. Each bar will be put through a series of tests appropriate to the application. You can expect your bar to be tested in prying, punching, twisting, and striking. All submissions should include your Halligan Bar, a project video, and a technical report documenting the design and manufacturing process.