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New truck company "tricks"

In response to Michael N. Ciampo's articles "Ladder Leg Lock Maneuvers" and "How Many Rungs?"(April 2003), he is right on the mark. I recently attended a hands-on training session where Ciampo was an instructor, and what he mentioned in "How Many Rungs?" is so true. I am a veteran firefighter with more than 20 years in the fire service and have been using the old-style method of raising 24-foot extension ladders with three to five rungs above the roof line, not always hitting the mark, and having to readjust—wasting precious seconds—when all I had to do was raise it the whole way and go. Ciampo's way is how I will raise extension ladders from now on during fireground o...

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