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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.



[MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Mike Ciampo. Welcome to this segment of training minutes. Today we're gonna 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. [SOUND] High shoulder to the building. There's a little problem with this. One it take 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 [SOUND]. A low shoulder carry, the firefighter can take his hand tool with him and proceed to the building. Having the ladder on the shoulder and proceeding to the building, we can drop our hand tools out of the way [NOISE], and we can use the building as a physical ****, we'll lay the ladder down on the ground [noise] and just drop it. [SOUND]. 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 use his legs and come up and push it into the building. we want to maintain our hands on the rail, if we start using a rung, the latter twists. If we get speed, the ladder is twisting, if we hit an obstruction in the yard, we can twist an ankle, we want to maintain our hands on the rail, we want to look up the whole time, we're going to bring the ladder up. [SOUND] Once it's here, we may have to bring it back just a hair. We're gonna keep our foot and our knee up against the ladder. Now we're ready to proceed. If the [UNKNOWN] is pre-tied, we're in position to raise the ladder. We 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. And in earlier training minute, we talked about rolling a ladder. Get into a good balanced position, keep your eyes focused, legs back, we roll the ladder [SOUND], back over to where we want it in position. I'm Mike Ciampo. Thanks for watching this segment of Training Minutes.

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