Back to Basics Part 1: Ladders

Back to Basics Part 1: Ladders

Back to Basics Part 1: Ladders

I recently did a class and we got to talking about a scenario with a second floor.

To my surprise, throwing a ladder to the second floor windows was not a top priority of tactical considerations.

In addition, most could not explain how to raise a ladder properly on their own. I can tell you that I was taken back. So, I gave each officer an assignment, drill on ladders.

In my part of the world we may have to be a truck company at one call and then turn around and be an engine company at the next. The next call we may be a squad. We just don’t have the resources that the large metro departments have to run engine companies and truck companies separate.

So, it is incumbent upon us to know all of the jobs. As an engine company, we must be able to properly raise and place ground ladders. It might be one of the first things you need to do if you have multiple victims hanging on balconies being threatened. Not to forget that you may be second in and your first in is upstairs and may need a secondary means of egress?

Whatever the circumstances, ground ladders are important and vital. Drill with them and make them a tool that is expected to be used.

Remember, train hard and stay safe.

3 Comments

  • Truckie says:

    This is a great picture, I have it as my background. I wish I was there to see the placement. Back to the subject, minimum of 2 ladders on multi storys buildings,houses,appartments, it’s easier to move the ladder were you needed it, then to get it off the truck when called for in a mayday. Also when placing your apparatus make sure you leave enough room to remove the ladders from the rear compartment.

  • Fire Student says:

    Couldn’t have said it better. Ladders are a extremely under valued tool. The more you train and use them the more uses you can find.

  • David Macaluso says:

    Looking for some thoughts on this ….Beam vs Flat raise….what do you think?

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