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Single-Firefighter Ladder Raise

Wed, 25 Jul 2012|

Mike Ciampo reviews ways for one firefighter to transport a 24-foot ground ladder to a building and raise it.

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Transcript

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] [NOISE] Hi, I'm Mike Ciampo. Welcome to this segment of training minutes. Today we're gonna go over the single man raise. There's a low shoulder carry and a high shoulder carry. When a firefighter takes the 24, and he's gonna go. High shoulder to the building. There's a little problem with this. One, it takes a little bit of stamina, strength, to walk this ladder in and forward with the high shoulder. Secondly, where are your portable hand tools? We go to. In a low shoulder carry, the firefighter can take his hand tools with him and proceed to the building. Having a ladder on our shoulder and proceeding to the building, we can drop our hand tools out of the way, and we can use the building as a physical ****. We'll lay the ladder down on the ground and just drop it. If you notice, I have the fly towards the building. Normally we throw ladders fly out. Also the manufacturers will have a sticker on the side of the ladder that says this is the way to do it. The fireman will bend down and use his legs to come up and push it into the building. We want to maintain our hands on the rails. If we [UNKNOWN] ladder twist, we get speed and the ladder's twisting, if we hit an obstruction in the yard we can twist and ankle. We want to maintain our hands on the rails we want to look up the whole time. We're going to bring the ladder up. Once it's here we may have to bring it back just a hair. We want to keep our foot and our knee up against the ladder. Now we're ready to proceed. If your [UNKNOWN] is pre-tied, we're in position to raise the ladder. Come in, put our foot, our knee, up against the ladder. Our elbows holding here. And we're set. [SOUND] With the fly in, we need to rotate the ladder. In an earlier training minute, we talked about rolling the ladder. We had a good balance position, keep your eyes focused, leges back, and we roll the ladder back over to where we want it in position. I'm Mark Chapo. Thanks for watching this segment of training minutes.

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