Ground ladders are one of those pieces of equipment that we are required to carry on every engine and truck. We are also expected to know how to select and use them. Although apparatus carry ground ladders, they may not used as they could and should be.
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Topic: Back To Basics: Ground Ladders
Time Required: 3 Hours
- Various Ground Ladders, Structure
- Essentials of Fire Fighting, Fourth Edition, IFSTA, Chapters 9
Motivation: Ground ladders are one of those pieces of equipment that we are required to carry on every engine and truck. We are also expected to know how to select and use them. Although apparatus carry ground ladders, they may not used as they could and should be. Carrying and raising ground ladders requires teamwork, communications, and an attention to detail. The emergency scene should not be the place to practice ladder work, especially when someone needs to be rescued or a ladder is needed to support fire attack or ventilation.
Objective (SPO): The student will demonstrate a basic understanding of carrying, raising, and working with various size ground ladders.
Overview: Back To Basics: Ground Ladders
- Ground ladder operations
- Ground ladder practical
Instructors Notes: The purpose of this drill is to review and build on basic skills with the emphasis on improving efficiency and teamwork. It is assumed that the participants have some basic knowledge of the subject matter. The focus of the drill should include personal and team safety. The drill should include minimal instruction and maximum skills practice. The drill should also be conducted with the normal staffing that would respond on an engine or truck on a structure assignment.
Back To Basics: Ground Ladders
Identify how to use various fire service ground ladders.
Raise all portable ladders carried on the apparatus using the flat or beam raise and work from those ladders.
- GROUND LADDER OPERATIONS (1-1)
NOTE: The level of detail provided in this section is included to emphasize the various steps in the process and to point out areas where potential accidents can occur because minor points are overlooked or shortcuts are taken. It is very to safe ladder operations that every member of the team be observant for every other member and that the team members communicate throughout the process to reduce or avoid injury.