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Single-Firefighter Ladder Throws

Wed, 25 Jul 2012|

Nick Martin shows some tips how a lone firefighter can efficiently throw a ladder at a fire scene. Sponsored by Globe.



[MUSIC] [NOISE] Welcome to Fire Engineering Training Minutes, thank you to our sponsor, Globe Turnout Gear. I'm Nick Martin, and today we're gonna talk about some combat ready setup of your ladder company and some one firefighter ladder throws. Before we get the alarm, we should spend all the time that we can to make sure our apparatus is setup for performance before we even get to the fire ground. One way we can apply that to setup of portable ladders is by using a concept called tip in tip out. The majority of firetrucks that you'll see have the ladder bed with all of the feet of the ladders facing the outside. What we've done here is staggered them so that every spot that we have. Multiple of the same type or size ladder, such as two 35 foot ladders, or two 24 foot ladders. We've staggered them so that one has the tip out and one has the foot out. The advantage of that is, depending on where we are going with our objective. If I'm gonna take this, if I'm gonna take a ladder at ladder site A at this fire building over here, I'm gonna look to choose, ideally, one of the ladders that has the foot out. That's going to allow me to go right in the building without making a turn. If I were to take a ladder, foot first to side C of the building, when I get to the read of that building, I'm going to need to spin that ladder 180 degrees around. In many rear yards due to fences and playsets, etc. you're not going to have that kind of room. By taking the tip to the rear, all I need to do is drop my foot. To the building and go in to my raise. To demonstrate how we control our ladder quickly with one firefighter, I'll show you how to get a 24 foot ladder up to this window quickly and efficiently. Many of our departments are operating with reduced manpower and the ideal scenario of having two firefighters for this task may not be a reality. First we select our proper height ladder and in this case, going to the front of this building I'm gonna, I'm gonna choose a ladder with the tip out. I take my 24 foot ladder out. Identify my balance point and I look to put that with my bed section up against my body. That's gonna become important as I go to throw my ladder. Taking my ladder from the rig. I identify my objective. My first step is going to be to place the foot directly against the building and then here using my left arm, using my elbow, I roll that ladder with the [UNKNOWN] section to the building, contacting the other foot on the ground and using the building to brace the feet [NOISE] As I raise it straight up. Now in this position, you might see a lot of fire fighters that try and go right into raising the fly. I find that it makes it easier, if I give myself a little of bit room, by bringing this out just about a foot or so. And I'm gonna use my inside leg here, against the bottom rung, to brace the ladder. So as I go to pull this fly section, it's gonna pull the tip out away from the building. Using my shin as a fulcrum, and I can raise my ladder to [SOUND] the proper height. Once I've got it to proper height, I can drop my, my foot, my feet out, and I can then use my ladder to take the initial ventilation of the window by getting the top pane. Once I've broken the window with that and possibly taken the sash out, I can adjust my ladder, [SOUND] flip it over, place it at my proper climbing height. And it's ready for use. If I need to adjust my height, I can do that very easily by flipping it back over, taking my alyearn word using my inside leg again. Dropping it down as many rungs as I need to. And the repositioning. Being able to properly and quickly deploy our ladders is one of the most important things we can do for firefighter egress, access and for civilian rescue. We need to make sure our rigs are set up in advance, to make it combat ready, to make it ready to deploy in an efficient manner. And we need to be able to throw our ladders with minimal man power whenever possible. [MUSIC] Thank you for watching fire engineering streaming minutes, and thanks to our sponsor, globe [INAUDIBLE].

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