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Ground Ladder Training
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By Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Raley
April 16, 2018

Members came out and braved the rainy weather to participate in a ground ladder drill conducted at St. Mary's College of Maryland. The evening started off at the station with a PowerPoint review of ladder components, review of RVFD ladder sizes and methods of placement on the fireground. After the brief review crews mounted apparatus and went to the College for the practical.

Members performed numerous practical exercises such as different ladder carry's, demonstrated several methods of ladder placement, reviewed several types of ladder raises and reviewed ladder safety.

Units: Engine 43, Tanker Pumper Engine Water Supply 44, Squad 4 and Utility 4
 
Asst. Chief Eddie Raley demonstrates taking a roof ladder up an extension ladder.
Asst. Chief Eddie Raley demonstrates taking a roof ladder up an extension ladder.
Lt. Jordan Andrews prepares to properly place a ladder for ventilation.
Lt. Jordan Andrews prepares to properly place a ladder for ventilation.
 
Lt. Andrews demonstrates a proper method of setting a ladder for his "custom" rooftop ops.
Lt. Andrews demonstrates a proper method of setting a ladder for his "custom" rooftop ops.
Several members practice proper climbing techniques.
Several members practice proper climbing techniques.
 
FF Jannet Keister demonstrates proper healing of a ground ladder.
FF Jannet Keister demonstrates proper healing of a ground ladder.
FF Lori Raley demonstrates the "leg lock"
FF Lori Raley demonstrates the "leg lock"
 
Chief 4A and crew preparing to review the ladder flip technique to make a quick horizontal  ladder move.
Chief 4A and crew preparing to review the ladder flip technique to make a quick horizontal ladder move.
FF George Franklin healing a ladder
FF George Franklin healing a ladder
 
Lt. Joe Raley demonstrating tying off the halyard .
Lt. Joe Raley demonstrating tying off the halyard .
FF Brandon Merritt demonstrating climbing skills while carrying a halligan.
FF Brandon Merritt demonstrating climbing skills while carrying a halligan.
 
New recruit Leah Langford takes her first climb!
New recruit Leah Langford takes her first climb!
 

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