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  • Need a text book definition of a ladder company.

    Our county just bought a 100' ladder truck. County departments are looking at forming some type of ladder crew or company. What does your ladder company do? Just need ideas from different locations. What works what does not? Any assistance would be great.
    "Illegitimis non carborundum."

    - Gen. Joseph Stilwell
    (Lat., "Don't let the *~#%&S grind you down.")

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    1) The simple definition: Truck (ladder) Companies do everything that doesn't involve getting water on the fire

    2) The longer answer:
    Traditional roles for Truck Companies include:
    -- Force Entry
    -- Secure Utilities
    -- Ventilate
    -- Search
    -- Salvage
    -- Overhaul
    Traditional Engine Companies secure a water supply and deliver the water onto the fire.

    3) If your in a suburban/rural area (and at one ladder to the county, sounds like you are ) there isn't usually clear distinctions between "truck" and "engine" companies as whoever arrives at the proper time does that function -- so the 1st "engine" does fire attack, 2nd "engine" crew may do "truck work" while the pumper itself goes to secure water, and you may have a couple of other "engine" companies working on both engine and truck functions before the Aerial Ladder & it's tools arrive.

    Matt
    IACOJ Canine Officer
    20/50

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    • #3
      Ladder or Truck companies as they are sometimes called have several jobs to complete on the fireground.
      1. Search
      2. Rescue
      3. Ventilation
      4. Salvage
      5. Overhaul
      6. Lighting
      7. Laddering
      8. Elevated Streams
      9. Forcible Entry
      10. Utility Control

      These are not in any particular order. Some people see no need for a ladder company unless they have to use the aerial device to reach upper floors. These same people have the same fires that we all respond to and have the same tasks and objectives to accomplish, they just use other pieces of apparatus and see the ladder truck as just that, a truck with an aerial device and nothing more. Also our ladder companies are our vehicle extrication, confined space, and high angle teams as well.

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      • #4
        Just remember the Acronym LOVERS U

        Ladders
        Overhaul
        Ventilation
        Entry
        Rescue
        Salvage

        Utilities
        FTM-PTB-EGH-RFB-KTF

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