Firefighting

PORTABLE LADDER SAFETY

Issue 4 and Volume 154.

BY TOM BRENNAN Editor’s note: The Random Thoughts column is perhaps the most widely read column in the fire service. In honor of Tom Brennan, who is on sabbatical on his boat in Florida, we reprint his first column, which appeared in the January 1988 issue and which suits this month’s theme of truck company operations. Injuries on the fireground account for 60 to 70 percent of firefighter injuries and deaths. Even though the fireground is the least controlled environment in which we operate, there are some thoughts we can share to help reduce the mishaps there. Portable laddering operations is a good place to start. First of all, we never seem to have enough ladders in place at a structural fire. The interior search team’s route should be known to those operating outside, and a secondary means of egress-the portable ladder-should be in place for escape. I can vividly…

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