Drill of the Week: Ground Ladder Carry & Raise

By Forest Reeder

When time is of the essence, the ability of a single firefighter or company of firefighters to place a ground ladder into operation must be a smooth and efficient operation. Using the ground ladders (straight and extension) on your assigned apparatus, review the proper steps for completing a simulated ground ladder operation. This evolution should be performed in the same PPE that would be used in a real emergency situation. Consider completing these evolutions with one, two, or three firefighters according to your daily manpower staffing.

Download this week’s firefighter training drill as a PDF HERE.

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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