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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.

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[MUSIC] [SOUND] 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 set-up of your ladder company and some one company ladder throws. Before we get the alarm, we should spend all the time that we can to make sure our apparatus is set up for performance before we even get to the fireground. One way we can apply that to the set-up of our portable ladders is by using a concept called tip in, tip out. The majority of firetrucks that you'll see have the ladderbed with all of the feet of the ladders facing the outside. What we've done here is stagger them so that every spot that we have. Multiple of the same type or size of 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 and ladder side A of this fire building over here, I'm gonna look to choose one of the ladders ideally that has the foot out. That's gonna 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 rear of that building, I'm gonna need to spin that ladder 180 degrees around. In many rear yards due to fences and playsets, etcetera, you're not gonna 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 into my radius. Do demonstrate how we can throw 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 into the front of this building, I'm gonna choose a ladder with the tip out. I take by 24 foot ladder out. I identify my balance point. And I look to put that with my [UNKNOWN] section up against my body, that's gonna become important as I go to throw my ladder. [SOUND] Taking my ladder from the rig, I identify my objective. My first step is going to be to place the foot [SOUND] directly against the building, and then here, using my left arm, using my elbow, I roll that ladder with the fly section to the building, contacting the other foot on the ground, and using the building to brace the feet [SOUND] As I raise it straight up. Now, in this position you might see a lot of firefighters that try to go right into raising the fly. I find that it makes it easier if I give myself a little bit of room by bringing this out just about a foot or so, and I'm going to use my inside leg here against the bottom rung to brace the ladder. So, as I go to pull this fly section, it's going to pull the tip out away from the building. Using my shin as a fulcrum and I can raise my ladder to the proper height. [NOISE] Once I've got it to the proper height I can drop my foot my feet out and I can then use my ladder to take the initial ventilation by the window by getting the top pain. Once I've broken the window with that, and possibly taken the sash out, I can adjust my ladder. 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 hallion, using my inside leg again, dropping it down as many rungs as I need to and then repositioning it. Being able to properly and quickly pull out our ladders is one of the most important things we can do for fire fighter egress, access, and for civilian rescue. We need to make sure our [UNKNOWN] are set up in advance to make it combat ready, make it ready to [UNKNOWN] in an efficient manner. And we need to be able to throw our ladders with minimum manpower whenever possible. Thank you for watching Fire Engineering's Training Minutes and thanks to our sponsor, Globe [UNKNOWN]

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