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    Default nfpa requirements

    This may sound stupid, but what are the different nfpa requirements concerning ground ladder complements ?
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    This depends on what type of apparatus you are looking into purchasing. Here they are as in 1901 -

    PUMPER APPARATUS 3-7.1
    One straight ladder w/roof hooks
    One extension laqdder
    One attic ladder

    INITIAL ATTACK APPARATUS 4-6.1
    One minimum 12' extension ladder

    MOBILE WATER SUPPLY - Chapter 5
    NO ladders are required

    AERIAL FIRE APPARATUS - 6-7
    MINIMUM OF 115' OF LADDERS =
    One attic ladder
    Two straight ladders w/roof hooks
    Two extension ladders

    QUINT FIRE APPARATUS 7-7.1
    MINIMUM OF 85' OF GROUND LADDERS =
    One straight ladder w/roof hooks
    One extension ladder
    One attic ladder

    On Mobile Foam apparatus and Special Service apparatus, there are no requirements for ladders. Hope this helps!!!!
    GRC063

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    NFPA ground ladder requirements would probably be as follows:
    each fire apparatus must have a couple of ladders on it of varying lengths ( this will probably change a few times in the following months)

    The MINIMUM number of persons to carry and raise a ground ladder is 1 person per 3 feet of ladder. Ex. 14' ladder = 4.78 or 5 persons to carry and raise it, 24' ladder = 8 persons to carry and raise it.


    ladders must be constructed of such a heavy material that makes them dam near impossible to carry and raise

    the width of the ladder must be of sufficient size to allow 3 250 lb. f/f's to pass each other on the ladder w/o touching.


    ladder must have a backup halyard and 2 backup locks/dogs

    ladders must be completely painted with flourescent orange paint to afford visibility

    ladder beams and rungs must have built in recessed runway lighting to allow for safe hand and feet placement during night time operation

    ladders must have a warning device at or near the tip to warn of approching electric wires. warning device must vibrate ladder and have a repeated voice recording saying "watch out for wires you idiot" when ladder is within 15 and 1/2 feet of electric wires

    ladders must have built-in heater/de-icer to prevent ladder from freezing during cold weather

    ladders must be completely coated with a skid proof coating to prevent slipping

    ladders must be removed from service (taken out of service)after each use, and tested by a CERTIFIED ladder testing company that the NFPA recommends (probably a company owned by one of the guys that wrote the standard)at a fee to your FD at a cost no less than 150 dollars per foot.

    ladders must have a padded folding seat every 7-1/2 rungs that can be flipped down to allow f/f's to rest while climbing, as to prevent fatigue, which can cause injuries.

    ladders must have a battery-operated flashing red beacon affixed to the tip to afford safety for low flying aircraft

    The NFPA will be forwarding more of the above guidelines after their next B.S. meeting.
    Some items that are on the table are:
    ladder safety officer must be designated and on scene before any ladders are taken off apparatus for firefighting duties.

    the area (ground) where foot of ladder is to be placed prior to raising must be inspected by ladder safety officer to see if it is level and sound. Soil sample may need to be taken.

    Increasing the weight rating on ladders to 1080 lbs. 1 400 lb. F/F with 80 lbs. of equipment, and 1 600 lb. civilian. (this is to prevent us from getting sued or caught up in a discrimination lawsuit)

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