Raising Ladders Program

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Class Description:

This program is designed to bring to the forefront the importance of ground ladder operations for fire departments. Life safety is the priority of the fire service; by the numbers nearly 3 civilians are rescued from fires by ground ladders every day. Unfortunately ladder operations, training, care and maintenance is lacking in most departments. The classroom presentation is based on National Fire Academy research and the training program developed and implemented at the Edmond Fire Department. Hands on training session will improve skills and comfort with ground ladders and improve efficiency in operations. The content in this program will benefit all ranks and all organizations from Chief Officers, training staff to new firefighters. The class will take place at the Edmond Fire Rescue Regional Training Center (5300 E. Covell Road, Edmond, 73034).

Classroom Session Objectives:

  • Understand potential and context of ground ladder rescues in all communities.
  • Prepare for the potential of having an immediate rescue need upon arrival using real world data, case studies, images and videos.
  • Understand ground ladder design, use and operations for rescue, RIT and ventilation.
  • Fire ground ladder task packages, changes in design and supplemental equipment will be introduced.
  • Perform ground ladder size ups. Using images of actual structures common to most communities’ students will interact with the instructor to determine ladder priorities and ladder selection based on the scenario.
Five hour hands on training session will improve ground ladder skills and operations through individual work and scenario based evolutions.

First hour:

  • Ladder review
  • Individual skill practice

Drill Stations:

  • 35’ Extension
  • Balcony rescues
  • Ladder size-ups
  • Ladder Packages
  • Matching steep pitch with extension / Ladder chocks

Upcoming Class Dates & Times

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There are no upcoming class dates at this time. We anticipate adding spring/summer 2017 dates in the near future. Please check back at a later date for future class information.

Class Costs:

  • Observer Only: $40.00
  • Participant: $100 (Limited to 15 per class)
Observer spots have been created for Chiefs, training officers or any others who wish to attend and evaluate the program without participating in hands on skills.

For questions contact Sergeant Brian Brush