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Improved Ladder Pipe Operations Speed Knockdown, Increase Safety

Issue 11 and Volume 129.

Improved Ladder Pipe Operations Speed Knockdown, Increase Safety features Since last August, the Milwaukee Fire Department has been training its 20 aerial ladder companies in new evolutions, enhancing safety of fire fighters while increasing their ability to knock down blazes more quickly through upper windows, particularly in dwellings. The first evolution is the removal of the ladder pipe operator from the ladder and the use of ropes to control the nozzle position from the platform. The second, made possible by high-volume fog nozzles, is stream operation without shutdown as the ladder is extended and retracted in and out of windows from floor to floor. Various methods have been used elsewhere for ground control of aerial streams. Some trucks come equipped with cable controls. Electric operating mechanisms are available. All have their disadvantages, chiefly the necessity for the pipe to be an optional appliance—out of the way when the ladder is…

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