The pulaski is a special hand tool used in wildland firefighting.
The tool combines an axe and an adze in one head, similar to that of the cutter mattock, with a rigid handle of wood, plastic, or fiberglass.
The pulaski is a versatile tool for constructing firebreaks, as it can be used to both dig soil and chop wood.
The invention of the pulaski is credited to Ed Pulaski, an assistant ranger with the United States Forest Service, in 1911.
Raising the tool above head height while swinging is discouraged as this wastes energy and creates a safety hazard.