What do you do when your ground ladder is short?
After reading the thread about the single man ladder raise it reminded me of a situation me and my partner came up with........
My shift partner and I were out checking buildings where we are due with the truck. Since are wonderful dispatch is full of surprises, sometimes we might be dispatched as the second due truck instead of first due. For our dept, first due goes to side A and second due goes to side C. Side A positioning is mostly straightforward. The question came up for us with a 4 story mid rise that is T shaped. There is one parking lot on the C/D corner, but there is no truck access at the B/C corner. A 35' is our tallest ground ladder, and there is no way that it would come close if we had to pick someone out of 4th floor window. We came up with a plan, but since we spend most of our time as a 2 man truck crew it wouldnt exactly be the safest idea. I am sure most of you would do the same thing that we came up with, but I wanted to see what other ideas might come up.
Just to reiterate, the problem is reaching a 4th floor window when the longest ladder is a 35'. I would guess we are about 10-12 feet short.
What would you do.................?