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    Default Color coding ground ladders ?

    Do any readers use color coding of ground ladders to assist in throwing ladders at fires ? The ladders are numbered on the beam and the foot only color coded to that size ? Any information on this would be appreaciated !

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    In our ladder truck we write the length of the ladder on the butt so that any idoit or member of another dept that might need a ladder won't have to think which ladder is which. No color codes though.
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    Our ladders heights are numbered on the butt end and their slots in the storage area of the aerial are also numbered so even a "butthead" can figure out what ladder to pull and where it goes afterwards.
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    Color code fittings so the Engines guys don't filch 'em from each other;YES! Ladders? Nah,put the size on the end that smiles at ya and go from there.If you're doing it right,they ought to be coming on and off the truck often enough that you know where they go and what size they are. T.C.

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    We have the lenght marked on the butt end of the ladder. We also mark the slot they fit in on the aerial so they can identified when going to pick a ladder and putting it back. No color code.

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    So now simple two digit numbers are too hard?
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    George.

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    Our ladders do not have anything on them. If you cannot tell the difference between a 45 foot wooden truss ladder or a 20 foot aluminium ladder you probably shouldn't be on the truck in the first place.

    PS. WE DO NOT THROW LADDERS, experience has taught us they break if you throw them, we tend to raise them.
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    [QUOTE=FlyingKiwi;910582]George.

    Minimalists unite.

    Our ladders do not have anything on them. If you cannot tell the difference between a 45 foot wooden truss ladder or a 20 foot aluminium ladder you probably shouldn't be on the truck in the first place.

    You mean I have to know what is on my truck and how to use it? I thought I could just hop on and go for a ride once in awhile. I think all of our ladders came with the #'s on them.

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    Thank you!

    You have given me the information I need and some! This Idea was from an up and coming Lt. who thought it may make it easier for those who do not RAISE LADDERS because our truck company does not. Our Engine companys do it! My mistake for saying foot, instead of BUTT. Throwing a ladder instead of raising a ladder,Terms used in other Depts but not for me to criticize as long as the job gets done! As for some of the answers, I Know why it's been a year since my last post! Thank You Again
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