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The need for Aerial Ladders
Updated On: Feb 23, 2009

W-B City Bureau of Fire at one time had four Ladder Trucks in service.

Its recent history had at least two Aerials in service plus had another one as a Reserve Ladder.

Now there is only one Aerial Ladder in service for the entire City with no Reserve to take its place when the one is out for service or repair.

Talk about closing your eyes to a dangerous situation.

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High Priority Structures Need at Least Two Ladders On Response

Every structure poses unique challenges to those on the line. From a single family dwelling to the storage facility with five levels the challenges are significant. However, in view of the nature of the design or occupancy use of certain structures, a minimum of two ladders should be sent on a first alarm.

One method of identifying these structures is using the name "priority response." What are some of the structures on the priority list? Here are examples but others may appear as a result of aggressive pre-fire planning.

  • Churches, Synagogues, Mosques (Fires in churches are difficult due to their design)
  • All high rises
  • Block long structures. (Ladders will access at different points)
  • Schools and universities
  • Amusement parks/Carnivals
  • Sporting Venues

There are other structures requiring two ladders which should come from each department based on what they have uncovered.


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