POLK COUNTY FIRE RESCUE Ladder Company DrillsAerial Training
OBJECTIVES • The crew will be able to demonstrate the proper method of, setting up the ladder for aerial operations, spotting the ladder, and use of the controls • This helps aerial operators with the depth perception and finesse of the controls.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED • A 10 foot piece of rope or webbing • 3-5 traffic cones • A tennis ball
Step One • Take several of the traffic cones and place them in various spots around and on top of the station. • Be sure NOT to put the cone where it will be a hazard to the equipment, crew, or public.
Step Two • Tie a big knot in the end of a rope (a double loop 8 works good) • Now feed the rope through the tip of the cone. • Take the other end of the rope and tie it to the end of the ladder. • You should now have a cone hanging from the tip of your ladder.
Step Three • The first part of the drill is ready to begin • Position the ladder so the cone hanging from the ladder can touch the cones set up around the station. • Set up the ladder for aerial operations. (ground pads, wheel chocks, jacks are set, and NO overhead obstructions).
Step Four • Once the ladder is in place the second part of the drill is ready to begin. • Move the ladder around so the cone hanging from the tip can be stacked on top of the cones around the station. • Practice this as many times as you like or need to. Try doing it at different levels and elevations.
Step Five • Once the crew becomes comfortable with the cones, swap out the cone on the tip of the ladder with the tennis ball (you will have to cut the ball and put the knot inside the ball). • Now it’s the same drill however the operator has to set the ball on top of the cone.
Summary This drill teaches many aspects of ladder company operations. • Spotting or positioning of the ladder (scrub surface). • Depth perception • Finesse of the controls • New aerial operators to fine tune their movements