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    Hello All - First off, it's great to see what an awesome community of members are here!

    Question - I am in the beginning stages of getting hired on with a department. I come from a private sector background and have been wanting to do this job ever since I was a kid (I'm now 28). I finally came across an opportunity and am diving head first into all of the information and training that is out there as my academy will have recruits that do come from a fire/ems background.

    I've been watching some of the videos on the tube and reading up on the aerial ladder climb test. This may be common knowledge to some but new to me, but I presume there is some kind of harness/lock-on device to prevent falls while on or climbing an aerial ladder?

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    No harness for climbing: 100' out and up, and the ladder shakes like a Mexican space shuttle.

    Once you get to where you're going on the ladder, you can lock in with a ladder belt if you like.

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    Ladder belt. Must be applied once you've reached your objective, as you can't climb while its attached, lol. but once you get all 105 feet into the wild blue yonder it does a pretty good job of securing you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg55 View Post
    Ladder belt. Must be applied once you've reached your objective, as you can't climb while its attached, lol. but once you get all 105 feet into the wild blue yonder it does a pretty good job of securing you...
    And the view is usually pretty good too!.......don't really like windy days though for climbing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasobuff View Post
    And the view is usually pretty good too!.......

    ....just you and thoughts of catastrophic ladder failure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by safdkiltie View Post
    ....just you and thoughts of catastrophic ladder failure...
    How'd you guess???

    Oh - back to the topic - I haven't heard of an aerial climb TEST as part of required testing?

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    Aerial climb is sometimes part of the entry level testing, or it's done very early in the Academy to look for fear of heights.
    I've done it twice,one where we had on a climbing harness attached to two ropes that were on belay.
    The other we just climbed up and down, no harness.

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    Thanks for the replies and info all!

    I'm not sure if it's a test, but more of a confidence practical.

    either way, I'm lookling forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetguy81 View Post
    Thanks for the replies and info all!

    I'm not sure if it's a test, but more of a confidence practical.

    either way, I'm lookling forward to it!
    Too bad they don't use a Bangor ladder lol..one of hte ultimate confidence builders.....

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasobuff View Post
    Too bad they don't use a Bangor ladder lol..one of hte ultimate confidence builders.....

    Good luck!
    no kidding! thanks again for the info!

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    I would say about half the places I tested while trying to get on the job had an aerial climb. One had a 40 foot ladder set up in a church raise. Now that was fun, climb up, swing around to the other side and climb down.

    One place I tested had a safety line up and over the tip of the aerial and fastened to the ladder belt with an anchor point on the ground staffed by 2 firefighters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    I would say about half the places I tested while trying to get on the job had an aerial climb. One had a 40 foot ladder set up in a church raise. Now that was fun, climb up, swing around to the other side and climb down.
    I had to do that. They took down the second ladder just as I swung over splains a lot huh?
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    The Pompier ladder up the training tower to the roof, 7 stories would be better for newby's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnee View Post
    the pompier ladder up the training tower to the roof, 7 stories whould be better for newby's.
    agreed!:d:d
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    I got to climb one of the E-One 135' ladders. Great view.

    One word of caution. If there is a nice blue sky with big white puffy clouds floating by, it can really mess with your mind. You see the clouds moving past and it can give you the sensation that the ladder is moving when it's not. Gets some getting used too.

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    We do it for our process. Once we hired a recruit that had a fairly substantial fear of heights that didn't come out until too late. He ended up pretty much being afraid to take any risks (i.e. all fires should be defensive and we should just cordon the area and let car/dumpster fires burn).

    But I digress... for our test, the applicant is in a harness on belay. They climb to the top of the aerial, hit the bucket, look down and wait for the person on the rope to acknowledge them and then they go back down. Usually everyone passes it.

    In a real situation though, you would climb the ladder (or load the bucket on the ground) without assistance and then lock-in at the top with a belt. For the test, just keep a steady pace and don't stop for too long at any position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    The Pompier ladder up the training tower to the roof, 7 stories would be better for newby's.
    I wonder how many young 'uns even know what that is? LOL...I have pictures somewhere -- used to be part of the graduation ceremony at one fire academy - use it and then lock in, lean back and let go with arms out about 6-7 stories in the air.......gotta find those pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefuss View Post
    kinda like this?......
    exactly!!!!!

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    That looks fun actually. I would do it no doubt. If anybody has a fear of heights they can come work with me for a week in the summer. Anybody up for walking peak to peak on bins 60' up in the air?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    The Pompier ladder up the training tower to the roof, 7 stories would be better for newby's.
    Pompier Ladder; French for "out of your ****ing mind."

    I have seen a safety rope used on aerial ladder climbs for entrance testing. They put a pully on the tip of the stick, ran rope to the ground with some DCD attached to the bumper.

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    I did the 75ft ladder to get on my volunteer department. But oh was it fun I want to climb it again. Funny thing is the biggest building in distract is only 2 stories. lol


    I also think a few of the big departments in Texas have you climb the ladder then look down spot a tool name in then head back down. One also has you walk through a building with a blacked out masks. If you take it off or freak out you fail.
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