Drill Of The Week: Individual Level Drill – Ladder Carry/Raise

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NFPA 1500 (2002 edition) calls for the establishment of an annual proficiency evaluation for all members of the department. These proficiencies are to be determined and established by each jurisdiction and are specific to each job position within the department. Once established, each member will be responsible for maintaining these skill levels. Annual evaluations will be conducted to validate the ability to perform these skills. These evaluations are designed to validate competency in basic skill levels as well as identify opportunities for training at both the individual and company level.

This week’s drill involves the following knowledge/skills: parts of ladders, hazards and safety precautions, stable foundations for placement, angles for working, reliable structural components for top placement, ability to carry ladders, extending and locking flies, ability to judge extension ladder height, hazards when raising.

The firefighter will carry, position and throw a fire service ground ladder to a designated building to a specified height, approximately 50 feet from the apparatus.

For step-by-step procedures for building an emergency decontamination station, evaluation criteria, and safety precautions, as well as more company level drills, visit the SUFD Fire Academy.

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