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  • LVFD301
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    That is a great idea, and I have tons of scrap reflective material from our address sign project.

    Anyone thinking about this - unless you are just loaded with cash, contact your local sign shops, DOT sign shops, or road department sign shops for their scraps. Government sign shops such as DOT or county road departments would have LARGE pieces.

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  • ChiefKN
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    Great idea...

    Who knew, I thought all the great ideas were already thought.

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  • Batt1RIFD
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    Great idea. I ordered some andwe have all of our ground ladders done with it. We are looking at putting some on some of the aerial ladders we have too.

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  • DFDMAXX
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    Very nice. Looks very effective. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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  • RoaddoggAK
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    We did this not too long ago, and it turned out great. Keep some extras around though, when the retro reflective is exposed to heat it will bubble and loose it's intensity. On the beams of the ladders, we did the top 18" or so and then the balance point on the 18' and 24' ladders for single person carry. I got a role from one of our guys who works in the sign business, and I'll tell you paying for it, the stuff is expensive!

    I also made 1" strips that went on each narrow edge of the beams on our Alco-Lite ladders, so you can see the tip if you are looking straight on at it.

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  • AC1503
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    I use scrap pieces of high intensity retro-reflective sheeting to mark our ladders and a lot of hand tools also. It comes in many colors, the highway department gives use scraps from road signs fabrication. We use a different color for each Company. I like the entire beam marking idea! Our roof ladders are reflectively marked at each end, at the balance point, and where the beam rests on each storage bracket when mounted. Tool loss has nearly been eliminated. Mark tools so the tape is visible, no matter which way they are turned.

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  • FyredUp
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    This is so bizzare...I have been pondering this for a couple of weeks now and was going to ask about it on here and BAM! here it is. I was thinking more of putting it on the tip end only in a strip about a foot long, but I am digging the way this looks and may go that route now.

    thanks for posting the picture. It is very dramatic.

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  • BULL321
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    That is a Great Id! Simple and cheap to do! Damn I wish I had thought it!

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  • rgp
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    I forgot to mention that you can contact your local Public Works Department to see if they have extra tape so you can "test" before you buy. Also, I was given two websites from other FFs from another magazine blog to see their products. They are firehousepride.com and reflect-lights.com.....

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  • nmfire
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    Holy crap. I'd like to point out that this is brilliant. I have seen any do this or suggest it. This to me is one of those things that makes you go "ohh duh!" when you see it.

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    Are Your Ground Ladder Tips Marked With Safety in Mind?

    Are Your Ground Ladders Safely Marked? Posted by Robert G. Parry Retired Captain Houston Fire Department... Several years ago in Houston, I was instrumental in having the top 3 rungs of our ground ladders ( including the attic / scuttle hole ) marked with the red/white reflective tape the government mandates truckers to have on their trailers. Also, the entire beam of a roof ladder is also taped to avoid a trip on a roof as well as to see it ( like the attic ladder) if you must make a hasty escape. The tape is easy to put on and clean up is soap and water. What does your department use?
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