At a possible structure fire call with my volunteer FD, I was driving the ladder truck, which was third to arrive on scene. There was a light smoke condition coming from the basement of the structure. The two engine companies were stretching a line and searching through the house, along with the truck company assisting and staging by the front entrance. The fourth apparatus arriving was the FAST (or RIT) team. I was the driver for the ladder truck, so I stood by the rig and observed the scene to see if they needed anything. One of the FAST team members came up to me and asked for a ground ladder. I started to the rear of the truck for the ladder compartment but I turned by head to the structure and to the ladders and back to the structure. I was baffled why he needed a ladder since the structure is only one and a half story stucture with only windows on the first-story. I asked him, "Are you sure you need a ladder?" and he was insistent. So I gave him a two-fly 28 foot just to be an ass.
I understand you need to ladder all four sides of a structure at every level but seriously....a one-story structure?? Again, get back to the basics and put the fire out.