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  • Rescue101
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    Originally posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    We refer to ladders that are carried and raised by hand as "ground ladders." They range in length from 10 feet to 50 feet (3 to 15 metres). Common lengths are 14 feet (4.25 metres), 24 feet (7.3 metres), 28 feet (8.5 metres) and 35 feet (10.7 metres). Ladders longer than 20 feet usually are in two or three sections, called flies.

    Engines usually carry a complement of ground ladders totalling 11 or 12 meters, although they may carry more. The engines in my department carry approximately 30 metres of ground ladders.

    Aerial ladder trucks usually carry more ground ladders, as much as 65 metres, in addition to the aerial device.

    FWDbuff dislikes European aerial ladder trucks (Metz, especially) because they usually do not carry many ground ladders. His reference to sauerkraut is to the distinctly German dish made from cabbage.
    Plus the Dumbass can't speak Kraut. Hence his misunderstanding of a FINE European ladder. Hehe T.C.

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  • gfpdwh
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    Who is the guy sleeping on the tailboard?

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  • CaptOldTimer
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    If you are still looking for a US Truck showing the ground ladders, look below at this one I posted.

    This was once a front line truck, sold to a collector in England!!

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  • noscollections
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    hello

    with your help and good tips, I have made a educational and informative game about firefighters.

    Now I try to add it more interventions.

    the new post : Post

    Thanks for your last help

    best regards

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  • donethat
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    Originally posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    If it were not for the intervention of the French in the Revolutionary war.... you'd be singing "God Save the Queen" instead of the National Anthem...
    You are correct. We now sing our National anthem to the tune of a British drinking song.
    I'll drink to that!

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by DeputyChiefGonzo
    You forgot Bone Box and Gut Wagon....
    After a drunk locked himself inside a Med Unit at the Cox Classic, I call them Puke Boxes. The SOB puked on the door I was trying to open, and got me as well.

    @ FWD, well played.

    FM1

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  • FWDbuff
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    Originally posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    If it were not for the intervention of the French in the Revolutionary war.... you'd be singing "God Save the Queen" instead of the National Anthem...
    And if it weren't for us, they would be eating brats, wearing lederhosen, and goose stepping.

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  • chiefengineer11
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    Originally posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    I have a pic of some of Boston's ladder work... I just have to find the right file...
    Boston is, of course, renowned for their ground ladder work. Is there a web site similar to Philly Fire News in the Boston area? It would make for some fascinating reading. If you think Phila. area firefighters have opinions.....

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  • DeputyChiefGonzo
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    Originally posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    Ground ladders are frequently used in the U.S. In many parts of the country, especially in old cities, ground ladders may be used more than aerial ladders. Even on aerial ladder trucks where many ground ladders are carried, you will often see the ground ladders off and in use, and the "main" or "stick" or "bucket" still bedded. Boston, Massachusetts Fire Department is renowned for their use extensive use of ground ladders. Many cities and towns in New England follow their example.

    The term "portable ladder" is common here, too.

    There is a web site, www.phillyfirenews.com which is about fires and fire department news in Phildelphia, Pennsylvania; Camden, New Jersey and the surrounding areas of southeast Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. They often show pictures of fires in the area where you may see many examples of ground ladder placement and use.
    I have a pic of some of Boston's ladder work... I just have to find the right file...
    Last edited by DeputyChiefGonzo; 09-26-2010, 09:41 AM.

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  • DeputyChiefGonzo
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    Originally posted by eagle5473 View Post
    I think the single biggest difference is that none of the trucks in the US are equiped with WHITE flags
    If it were not for the intervention of the French in the Revolutionary war.... you'd be singing "God Save the Queen" instead of the National Anthem...

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  • DeputyChiefGonzo
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    Posted by FWDBuff
    In the North, ambulances are usually called "Medic" unit, Ambulance, or Punishment.
    You forgot Bone Box and Gut Wagon....

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by eagle5473
    I think the single biggest difference is that none of the trucks in the US are equiped with WHITE flags
    And you can consider yourself an arse. (That's *****, if you need help)

    FM1

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  • eagle5473
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    I think the single biggest difference is that none of the trucks in the US are equiped with WHITE flags

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by rm1524
    Ladder 49 was not real? Say it isn't so.
    I was surprised as well. Thanks to Backdraft, I've been edumicated.

    FM1

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  • rm1524
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    Originally posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    Good to see you again, welcome back.

    Be very careful of what you watch for movies. 90% of them are off base, and miss the basics as to fire fighting. You need to remember that you are watching a Hollywood movie, made to excite the audience, and nothing more.

    FM1
    Ladder 49 was not real? Say it isn't so.

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