EZ Spanner Fire Fighting Equipment is the brainchild of 15 year veteran Los Angeles Fire Department Engineer, Dennis Garrison. Created from a common in-the-field, safety necessity, the unique design concept for EZ Spanner Ratcheting Fire Hydrant Wrench came to Dennis after an on-the-job back injury, while opening one of Los Angeles’ almost impossible to open hydrants.Dennis put pen-to-paper and the EZ Spanner Ratcheting Fire Hydrant Wrench was born.
Dennis realized that running the day-to-day operations, sales, and product development of a start-up company solo – while working full time and overtime as a fire fighter – was not in the best interest of his new Fire Fighting Equipment company Better Tools, LLC. Naturally, Dennis turned to his co-worker and close trusted friend Dan Will to join the company. Dan brings his outgoing personality, persistence, and experience to the table. Dan has been invaluable attracting impressive sales and managing relationships with distributors and vendors.
Since Better Tools, LLC launched its first product, the 4-hole ratcheting EZ Spanner Wrench, Dennis Garrison and Dan Will have brought to market six additional “I wish I would have thought of that” products. Dan and Dennis both share the vision of bringing better, safer and more efficient innovative products to fellow firefighters around the world. It has proven to work for them during their day-to- day firefighting operations – they know it will work for you.
Dennis, founding partner of Better Tools, LLC., is a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Dennis is the President of Better Tools, LLC. and focuses primarily on product development and day to day operations. His first version of the EZ Spanner was introduced in 2014 after years of engineering and prototyping. Dennis’s vision has always been to bring new and innovative products to the fire service and related fields. His on the job experience as a career firefighter has inspired him to continue the development of products that make firefighter jobs easier.
Dan, partner of Better Tools LLC., is a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Dan is the Vice President of Better Tools, LLC. and focuses primarily on sales and marketing and day to day operations. Dan partnered with Dennis in early 2015 in an effort to bring the EZ Spanner to market. Dan has successfully acquired over 18 dealers/distributors such as TheFireStore.com, L.N. Curtis, Darley and Fire Etc., all in which continue to sell Better Tools products. Dan’s vision for Better Tools LLC. is to develop a successful line of innovative firefighting tools that are recognized and respected in the industry.
Dennis brought his close friend Sandy Adler to the Better Tools team to help in all aspects of launching and operating the business. After high school Sandy attended California State University Northridge majoring in business administration. Sandy has over 20 years of experience helping start-up companies create and implement sales and marketing plans. Sandy’s skills include graphic arts, digital marketing and IT. He used his graphic arts skills to create Better Tools marketing collateral. Sandy works closely with Dennis and Dan to help in all aspects of the company operations.
Rebecca has been the owner of a Marketing and Multimedia company, The Studio WLV, for over a decade. With a degree in psychology she has a good understanding of her clients’ needs and can guide them through the creative process, while her refined business expertise provides sound advice and a proven track record for successful marketing programs and start-up company needs.
When Rebecca isn’t putting the marketing puzzle together for new clients at The Studio, you can find her pouring over marketing details and tasks for EZ Spanner.