Ground Ladders: Basic Knowledge

By Forest Reeder

Test your ground ladder knowledge with these 15 questions about basic ground ladder use. Each question on this drill relates to a specific aspect of ground ladder operations and routine maintenance activities.

Ground ladders are at work at most fireground operations for ventilation access, rescue, RIT placement, and many other applications. We must attain a master level of knowledge of our ground ladders. Consult manufacturer and department procedures when answering these questions.

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Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as battalion chief and director of training and safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District ( and is the director of training for Southwest United Fire Districts ( 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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