FR-485 (48")

First Responder Jack by Hi-Lift®

The tool of choice for Extrication, Heavy Rescue, Forcible Entry, RIT/RIC Procedures, Stabilization and Shoring.

Firefighter-designed, the First Responder Jack is constructed of steel, cast iron, and high-strength aluminum, and available in 36", 48", and 60" sizes. It offers up to 4660 lb. of leveraging, lifting, and winching options.

No other rescue tool is as easy to use, dependable, visible, and versatile -- giving it unlimited potential at a fraction of the cost of other expensive rescue tools. The First Responder Jack offers the same spreading and ramming options used in extrication as the expensive hydraulic tools, yet it requires no fuel or power, which makes it ideal for remote access with limited resources and USAR applications in all types of disasters.

From being first on-scene at a rural accident to deploying RIT for a firefighter down during a structure fire, or searching for victims at the largest of incidents, there is no tool in the fires service that offers more versatility than the First Responder Jack by Hi-Lift®.

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• Removable top clamp-clevis attachment is rated to the full capacity of the jack for winching, clamping and spreading.


• Durable powder-coated bright yellow main components with fire red actuating piece


• Aggressive 36 sq. inch base provides a safe and effective platform, while offering a wide array of rescue options that encompass; cribbing, chains, straps, and has a 360 degree pinnable rotation platform.


• Luminescent features for use in IDLH and low light atmospheres.



The Hi-Lift First Responder Jack is truly a benefit to the fire service, the first time I used this jack I knew this was a product designed by firefighters, for firefighters from the unique foot plate incorporated into the design to the fluorescent markings. This tool gives the user great versatility in a multitude of applications not only for vehicle extrication but other rescue situations such as building collapse, forcible entry, winching etc. I highly recommend this extremely rugged and user friendly piece of equipment to be a part of every fire departments standard tool complement.

- Randy Schmitz
Chairman, Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association (AVEA) & Calgary Fire Department

The First Responder Jack does all the work that the good, old original Hi-Lift can do and then some. The First Responder Jack is a definite improvement over the original as far as technical rescue applications are concerned. It maintains the same Hi-Lift jack design, same quality construction, and same operating features of the original Hi-Lift. The First Responder Jack however is more functional for rescuers. Bright color, reflective trim, modified base, and improved toe accessory are just a few of the features that go beyond the standard jack. Reality is that for basic vehicle rescue applications, jacking, lifting, moving a column, etc, I can do everything the First Responder Jack can do with my original Hi-Lift. I do believe that the First Responder Jack allows these basic tasks to be performed more efficiently than with the standard jack. It also allows me more versatility and flexibility to do other technical rescue things.

- Ron Moore
University of Extrication

The First Responder Hi-Lift Jack is a great tool for versatility and speed of use. For quick stabilization, this tool can be effectively applied in seconds to a commercial motor vehicle as well as a conventional vehicle with the confidence and reliability in a tool that you depend on at an emergency incident. The applications are endless. If you want to lift, pull, or spread something quickly and effectively, than this is your tool. I highly recommend this tool for all emergency service organizations. Hydraulic and electric tools are a necessity to have and train with but the mark of a skilled technician is someone that can utilize hand tools just as effectively; the First Responder Hi-Lift Jack is the all-in one tool, and with a trusted name and company like Hi-Lift, you can't go wrong. Its only limitation is limited thinking.

- Dave Sweet
Author, Vehicle Extrication Levels I and II: Principles and Practice, Jones and Bartlett Learning

As a lead Instructor for the Corona Auto-X seminar and for the Rio Hondo Regional Truck Academy, I get to see the latest equipment and techniques in the fire service. The Hi-Lift First Responder Jack is the latest in adding to the capabilities of rescue companies. Over 120 students used and experienced the First Responder Jack at this year's Auto-X seminar, showing many how versatile and effective this tool is for rescue. The Hi-Lift jack has been one of the most underestimated tools in the fire service, the First Responder Jack changes all that. With applications in Auto-X, USAR and routine operations, the Fire Responder Jack is a great tool for any situation, Anytime!

- Greg Rudiger
Lead Corona Auto-X Instructor, Truck Engineer

As an auto extrication instructor, competitor & judge with over 29 years of service I can attest to the importance of rescue tool innovation. Hi-Lift's introduction of the First Responder Jack is one such innovation that will help save lives. Its' simplicity, durability and ease of use can quickly be deployed in various rescue situations with minimal training. Hi-Lift took an already time tested tool design and developed an excellent rescue tool. Good job!

- District Chief Dan Zinge
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue & Founder of the North American Vehicle Rescue Association (NAVRA


Training for the First Responder Jack is available from the Industry Leader in Professional Extrication Instruction: Puyallup Extrication Team (PXT)

All PXT courses are designed to meet and or exceed NFPA and DPPST standards. The foundation of the PXT philosophy is based on the World Rescue Organizations (WRO) and Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee (TERC).

Training Testimonial

I would recommend this to anyone interested in fire service. The knowledge I took from this class will carry me through my career.
- Chris Johnson
Lewis County FD #8, Salkum, WA


Hand Tools Only Auto Extrication

PXT 601 (4) Hour Basic Course:

This course is our basic introduction to “Hand Tools Only” Auto Extrication Course. The students will learn the art of extrication using hand tools with heavy emphasis on The First Responder Jack, Reciprocating Saws, Air Chisels and other basic hand tools. The course will cover the following using a passenger vehicle on its wheels:

  • Scene Size Up
  • Safety Considerations
  • Extrication Plans
  • Egress & Access for rescuers
  • Basic Stabilization
  • Auto Extrication

PXT 602 (8) Hour Advanced Course:

Here the students will cover the basics listed above as well as advanced techniques in auto extrication in the following categories:

  • Advanced Stabilization using simple Hand Tools
  • Advanced Cribbing Techniques
  • Patient Removal
  • Car on its side procedures
  • Car upside down procedures
  • Vehicle over-rides
  • Several advanced auto extrication techniques
  • Some Heavy Lift

For both classes PXT can provide all the necessary tools and equipment as well as provide Instructors only using your departments/companies tools & equipment. In either case PXT can instruct up to 32 students in both the PXT 601 and 602 courses.

For more information regarding any of the training listed above or price quotes for your agency, please contact us at (253) 381-0213 or (800) 233-2051 or visit our website.