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Ground Ladder Placement

Mon, 27 Sep 2010|

Joe Alvarez demonstrates how to use a pike pole (hook) to gauge the distance between a ground ladder and structure to get the proper climbing angle for the ladder.



[MUSIC] I'm Joe Alvarez, welcome to training minutes. Today we're gonna talk about placing a ground ladders to structures. Where to place the heel of the ladder. A lot of people are taught give you approximately four, five feet away from the structure should give you the proper climbing angle. What we're going to talk about today is using a pike pole to help you gauge that distance. Pike poles, six foot hook, would be the tool of choice. When we place this ground ladder against the building, this is gonna guarantee us a proper climbing angle. People have used a pike pole against tower ladders to make sure that they have enough room between the apparatus and the car that might be parked in the street to give them the right distance for the outriggers. Well we're gonna use that same technique to make sure that the placement of the heel of the ladder is far enough away from the building. Now what we're going to do is we're going to take and place the pike pole against the base of the building. By doing such, it's going to give us a proper climbing angle, and it's going to show the firefighters where the heel of the ladder needs to be placed. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Okay. We've now seen that the fire fighters have placed a ground ladder against the structure. They've followed the mark of our six foot pipe fault. And as you can see, we now have a pretty decent climbing angle on our ladder. We lean down, we grab our tool. And to work we go. We have now seen that there's easier ways to place a ground ladder without having to sit there and think about how far away from the base of the building we need to be. Thank you for watching Training Minutes, I'm Joe Alvarez.

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