Fire Ladders Tips

  • More rungs above the roofline

    By Mark van der Feyst In basic training, firefighters are taught to extend a ground ladder a minimum of three rungs above the roofline. This is done so firefighters can see the ladder and have safe...

  • Proactive laddering

    By Mark van der FeystAt any structure fire, it is a good idea to initiate proactive fireground tasks. Pre-paring the fire ground ahead of time will aid in certain operations and provide a safety ne...

  • Different way to tie the halyard

    By Mark van der FeystOn an extension ground ladder, the halyard is tied off to secure the fly section to the bed section when not in use. It is common to use a clove hitch knot, incorporating the h...

  • Roof hooks out

    By Mark van der Feyst When using a roof ladder for vertical ventilation operations, always deploy the roof hooks before ascending up the ladder. Make sure that the hooks are facing away from you. Y...

  • Before raising ladders, speak an 'all clear'

    By Mark van der Feyst When raising a ground ladder for any type of operation, it is imperative that there are no overhead hazards present. This simple rule cannot be stressed enough as there are ma...

  • Notch the eaves to prevent ladder slips

    By Mark van der Feyst When raising a ground ladder against a residential structure, the eaves of the structure present a slipping hazard. The ladder can easily slide along the eaves if it is not se...

  • How to reposition a ground ladder

    By Mark van der Feyst Sometimes a ground ladder that was raised into position at one spot will need to be moved to another spot at the same height, such as with second story windows of a house or r...

  • Use roof ladders for orientation

    By Mark van der Feyst The roof ladder is a basic tool that we can use for many purposes besides being on top of a roof. While it provides stability and weight distribution on a roof, it also provid...

  • 2 roof ladder ventilation tactic

    By Mark van der Feyst Homes built with lightweight construction materials and methods are having an impact on vertical ventilation operations within the fire service. Many fire departments are remo...

  • Cover the span of the roof

    By Mark van der Feyst Roof ladders help spread the weight of the firefighter and provide a work platform for equipment and footing use. The key is to have the roof ladder cover the span of the roof...

  • Ladder the sill

    By Mark van der Feyst The best place to position the ground ladder when laddering a window is the base of the window sill. Many fireground tasks, such as entering the building, advancing a hose, vi...

  • Mark the mid-point of the ladder

    By Mark van der Feyst Due to limited manpower, a firefighter may be tasked with laddering a window or providing access to a roof area for fireground operations. To help with pulling the ladder off ...

  • Increase the ladder's visibility

    By Mark van der Feyst During night time operations or when there is limited visibility, the tip of the ladder is hard to see. One way to increase the ladder’s visibility is to paint the tip of the ...

  • Heeling the ladder

    By Mark van der Feyst This picture shows what can happen when a ladder is not heeled properly or at all. These two firefighters took a nasty fall from the roof while working on the ladder. It is ev...

  • Head-first ladder bailouts

    In rapidly deteriorating conditions, a properly performed head-first ladder bailout can be life saver. Here are some important fundamentals to prevent injuries during the procedure:Place the ladder...

  • Operational considerations in winter weather

    By Michael LeeOn-scene operations will be affected by a number of things. Remember that combustible gas meters may not work properly or will take longer to warm up in cold weather. Gasoline in pump...

  • Get a Grip!

    My department issues a personal strap to supression personnel. You would recognize the material as that webbing used for various rescue applications. The strap comes with a manual that lists its va...

  • Portable ladders serve many purposes when used safely

    Portable ladders help firefighters accomplish tasks such as ventilation, entry and search. Used properly they will assist the operation and minimize injuries to members operating on the ladder. Tip...

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