Truck Company

Setting Up a New Ladder Company

Issue 12 and Volume 154.

Truck company work involves some of the most important tasks performed at a structure fire. It can mean the difference between a “good stop” and a parking lot. BY MARK KUHAR Truck company work involves some of the most important tasks performed at a structure fire. It can mean the difference between a “good stop” and a parking lot. Let’s say you just created a new ladder company for your volunteer department and your new ladder truck has arrived. What is the next step? How do you staff it? Equip it? What functions will you perform? How do you set up riding positions and determine who does what? What are the most important fireground functions to perform if only three firefighters respond to a call? Here are some ladder company basics for starting up a new ladder company. RIDING POSITIONS The following are riding positions commonly found on the ladder…

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