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Ground ladder test goes another round in the NFPA standards process

Issue 5 and Volume 140.

Ground ladder test goes another round in the NFPA standards process Dispatches It will be at least July before fire departments using pre-1984 ground ladders get a partial and temporary reprieve from newer, more stringent testing standards. With the equipment costing in the thousands of dollars, some departments have been finding the 1984 version of the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1932, “Use, Maintenance, and Service Testing of Fire Department Ground Ladders,” an expensive proposition. It’s the horizontal bending test that’s at issue. The test is intended to simulate the use of a ground ladder at the proper placement, at the proper 75½degree angle, and with people moving on it. With the ladder extended between two sawhorses, the tester puts a weight in the middle. Under the old standard, the weight in the middle was 250 pounds; the 1984 rewrite requires 500 pounds. The NFPA committee that wrote the new…

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