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This episode is a discussion about ground ladders. It’s a basic piece of equipment that has such a huge value to us on the fire ground, but in many cases, get’s forgotten.  They’re forgotten until they are needed, and then it could be a life and death situation for firefighters and victims.

We talk briefly about some very simple aspects to keep in mind regarding ground ladders.  Here are few bullet points to think about when considering ground ladder use and the picture of the building that I mention in the podcast.

  • Consider where the ladders on the apparatus. Don’t park too close to the rear or thru-the-tank storage and think about what’s on the side where the ladder rack may be lowered.  (Mailboxes, cars, trees, etc.)
  • Lower the ladder racks as soon as possible.  If they are out of site, they are out of mind.
  • We recommend placing ground ladders to just below the sill for any use. You can still ventilate or use a hose line, but it is already for egress, which is the primary purpose.
  • Give yourself a little less of an angle if possible, it provides a better working angle  for balance and gravity.
  • Know what end to bring first when dealing with roof ladders: butt end first for parapet walls and hook end up first for pitched roofs.
  • All multiple story buildings get ladders; assign it if it’s not done.
  • Extend above the roof line about chest high, it keeps you from having to bend over to get back on or to grab tools.
  • Practice in areas that have obstructions and challenging configurations (with permission, of course.)
  • Check the heat tags and inspection tags for maintenance.
  • Practice single person as well as multiple-person raises, you never know when you may be alone but still need to raise a ladder for a Brother.

I’m sure I have left something out, please add your thoughts and experiences.  Thanks for listening and keep training.



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