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. Â 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. Â 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. Â (Mailboxes, cars, trees, etc.)
- Lower the ladder racks as soon as possible. Â 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 Â 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. Â Thanks for listening and keep training.