Drill of the Week: Ladder Selection

By Forest Reeder

Efficient ladder work is a symbol of pride and professionalism in many fire companies. Being able to select the right size and type of ladder to reach your objective are paramount to the successful accomplishment of your assigned objectives. Review the complement of ground ladders carried on your assigned apparatus, determine which ladder(s) will work for the assignment, and discuss the proper carrying and placement options available to your crew. dentify any safety considerations in each of these operations and consult local training and SOGs for placement and operation with ground ladders.

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Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.

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