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Let’s Get Real with Ground Ladders

Summer Fire School


Derek Abbott

Columbia Fire Department

Kale Brucks

Columbia Fire Department

Jared Smith

Nixa Fire Protection District

Michael Torres

Chicago Fire Department
  • 307
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Friday, May 31, 2019
  • End: 5:00 P.M., Friday, May 31, 2019
  • 308
  • Repeat Delivery
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • End: 5:00 P.M., Saturday, June 1, 2019
• 8 Hours
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We are all taught how to use ground ladders in a basic class or at academy, but we want to discuss the "real" world use of ground ladders on the fire scene and then turn that knowledge into a skill. This class will cover realistic operations with ground ladders. Topics and scenarios will range from throwing straight ladders to Bangor ladders with minimal manpower. We will cover unconventional carrying, deploying, raising and heeling techniques that are not of the norm, and scenarios that will challenge the best of us. In addition to deploying off of different apparatus set ups, and setting yourself and your apparatus up for success. We will include laddering on various grades, at various angels, matching roof pitch, fly-in versus fly-out, ladder stacking, chuting ladders, balcony raises and other controversial topics will be discussed and performed. We will also include operating off of ladders positioned very specifically to cover all operations from simple venting to rescue. Ladder and tool packages will be covered to ensure maximum efficiency when deploying off of the rig. You will leave with challenging concepts, strategies and tactics that will prepare you to handle the most extreme situations with the most confidence.


  • Full PPE, SCBA and a spare, full air cylinder is required. Please bring gear with you the first day of class. All air cylinders must be within hydrostatic date or will not be refilled. Please ensure that you bring one spare cylinder and that all equipment is sufficiently marked for ownership. See SCBA and PPE Requirements
  • This course requires significant physical exertion and stamina. See Health Warning