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  • Tower Ladder Placement

    What is your Departments procedure for 1st arriving Tower Ladders at a taxpayer (stripmall) fire?

    1. Where are they assigned to postion?
    2. Are aerials allowed to take the same positon or are they encouraged to leave space for the tower ladders?
    (by tower ladders I mean Buckets, Platforms...etc.)
    3. What duties do the members on these rigs have on a building such as this...what are the tool assignments?

    Are they given access to the front? Are they placed blocks away?

    FTM-PTB

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    Our procedure is for the 1st in engine to always leave room for the tower. The tower driver has his pick of the positions. Depending on where the fire is, determines where he will park. He will park in such a way as to be able to cut off the fire if the tower has to, and at the same time beable to go to the roof. Most of the time the tower is in the front of the building, or on one of the corners. We don't have assigned tools to grab on the ladder, it really depends on what task they are going to undertake as to what they grab. We don't use our tower as it should be or as often as it should be used.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by FFFRED
      What is your Departments procedure for 1st arriving Tower Ladders at a taxpayer (stripmall) fire?
      You already know the answer for the career dept.....heres the one for the vollies.......

      1. Where are they assigned to postion?
      Wereever they stop......pretty sad I say.

      2. Are aerials allowed to take the same positon or are they encouraged to leave space for the tower ladders?
      There is no plan........they have a TL but don't have a clue what its there for.

      3. What duties do the members on these rigs have on a building such as this...what are the tool assignments?
      They have tried to adopt FDNYs Ladders 3. But they do not understand it at all. Since December I have gone to 3 house fires with them...and each one turned into a disaster......the biggest problem is venting WAY to early and venting to much. I had some 2 year wonder who is a LT yelling at me to vent, I calmley tried to expailn why it wasn't a good idea, fell on deaf ears, I watched him take a window in an adjacent bedroom, I also watched the fire roll right into the unburned room........They burned down all 3 houses so far.....sad part is that fire was in only 1 room on arrival in each case, and blowing out the windows....the "saftey officer" wouldn't allow anyone inside b/c there was too much fire out the window .....I couldn't believe it.....

      Are they given access to the front? Are they placed blocks away?
      I tried to explain this one day, but the look I got told me "lights on, no one's home".

      At one of these jobs, the could have used the tower bucket from street level....I suggested it and I was told that it can't be done and its unsafe. "that's not what tower ladders are for".....my answer was, "your right, they're for parades......ya' cowards"

      Sad state of operations, IMO.


      *****added....I just came back from a small fire in the wall in the basement.....PPV fan to remove smoke.....wall not opened up.....for visual inspection first......unbelievable.....
      Last edited by VinnieB; 03-14-2006, 12:43 AM.
      IACOJ Member

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      • #4
        How timely...a 5th Alarm in Jamaica, Queens on Sutphin Blvd. Although this is just one photo...we can see the first due Towers are up close and hitting it with the streams.

        Photos by Steve Spak. Visit his web site at www.stevespak.com.

        FTM-PTB

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        • #5
          WOW Vinnie such frustration in your words! I can understand. Ummm my volly company has adopted some parts of Ladders 3 and is putting it to use with some good success! Some people seem to have difficulty with it but for the most part it works relatively well. It helps provide a little order to the company on the fire ground. Give guys a little direction as to where they should be, ie roof, ov, can, irons. It has also helped our guys take tools, they used to get off the rig with no tools, now everyone has a tool assignment and we don't have any of that bull crap of going back to the rig for some basic tool. My volly company has a 95 ft rear mount tower ladder so it is great "when and if" we get the front of the building. Now we just have to get the rest of the engine company chauffers in the town to leave the front of the building open for the truck.

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          • #6
            The city got rid of all our Towers
            Just another one of the 99%ers looking up.

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            • #7
              While there is no procedure .............we would obviously leave room for them up front and have them prepare for a trrench cut depending in fire location & involvment. Either way they will be ventilation unless/until we go defensive.
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              • #8
                1. Where are they assigned to postion?
                When it arrives and is put in service mid-May, it will be assigned to the front of the building that is on fire, outside of any "collapse" zone. We have nothing over 3 stories tall so it will most often end up in middle of street.

                2. Are aerials allowed to take the same positon or are they encouraged to leave space for the tower ladders?
                (by tower ladders I mean Buckets, Platforms...etc.)
                This is our only aerial so no others will be in it's way. Engines are to pull past or stop short and leave the area open.

                3. What duties do the members on these rigs have on a building such as this...what are the tool assignments?
                First Due Truck Assignments for Commercial Structure:

                Interior Team:
                • Force entry to fire building
                • Search and locate fire
                • Lead engine company to the fire
                • Search for life
                • Ventilate rear of building

                Exterior Team:
                --- Driver
                • Position truck in front of the fire building
                • Raise aerial
                --- Roof
                • Initiate vertical ventilation - start with scuttles, skylights, etc.
                • Monitor roof and report to IC
                • Size and shape of the building
                • Location and volume of fire or smoke
                • Exposures – sides and read
                • Roof loading – signs, AC units, etc.
                • Evidence of cockloft fire
                • Roof construction
                • Presence or absence of extending parapets or evidence of fire walls
                • Difference in the levels of the roof
                --- OV
                • Check the rear and sides for access
                • Provide vertical ventilation in the rear
                • Gain access and conduct a search, when the 2nd Due OV arrives
                "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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                • #9
                  In anticipation of our new tower arriving this fall: beginning yesterday my shift is running the aerial out first ahead of the engine to ensure the best position. We're pretty good most of teh time at leaving the aerial the front, but are trying to determine the pitfalls of ladder/tower first responses(feel free to list any you can think of). We have run a stick forever until last year ours failed and we rented a tower, unfortuneately we had to take a stick again while we await a new tower. Upon delivery of the new tower Mike Wilbur will be conducting a 5 day tower operators course for our personnel and staff officers to maximize our potentail. We realize, that we don't know, what we don't know.

                  My inclination on the taxpayer and our current response is to run the tower (only aerial in our burg) out first and take the front and let the engines fall in where they may. The second, third and fourth due aerials are sticks. Not another tower for 2 hrs in any direction.

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                  • #10
                    What is a tower ladder? Considering in my **** poor county we don't have a lsdder truck and maximum ground ladders of 24', we can't even reach the roof of most commercial structures. Waiting for the disaster to happen.

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                    • #11
                      1. Where are they assigned to postion? -Front of the building, when possible. Engines are encouraged to pull past the building, even when using preconnects.

                      2. Are aerials allowed to take the same positon or are they encouraged to leave space for the tower ladders? (by tower ladders I mean Buckets, Platforms...etc.) -We have a 100' platform and one 75' straight stick for our 2 truck companies. Also one 75' stick which is a quint used as an engine. We only get one truck co. at a fire without callbacks, usually the platform goes to commercials or multiple dwellings.

                      3. What duties do the members on these rigs have on a building such as this...what are the tool assignments? 3 man rig. Officer and a FF are interior team. Irons, hook, can. Driver is OV with a hook. When the Rescue co arrives, one partners with the OV, the Officer and 1 FF form another team to perform vertical vent, utility control, or any other duty ordered by the IC.

                      My personal pet peeve is the platform seems to always go above the fire and pour water down, rather than work through the windows.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by gunnyv
                        My personal pet peeve is the platform seems to always go above the fire and pour water down, rather than work through the windows.
                        It amazing how often this is the case! Sad use of fine apparatus. I never stop being amazed at the lack of good tactics used by many metro departments.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gunnyv
                          My personal pet peeve is the platform seems to always go above the fire and pour water down, rather than work through the windows.
                          It amazing how often this is the case! Sad use of fine apparatus. I never stop being amazed at the lack of good tactics used by many metro departments. You'd think so people would learn tower use from FDNY, except they couldn't possibly admit that maybe they know a little more than the average dept. Anotehr amaizng fact is the number of chiefs who think fires burn differently in their burg than in NYC. Maybe its something in the air there? FFRED or Vinnie any studies done on the chemical chain reaction of fires in NYC vs. the rest of the world?

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                          • #14
                            Its not just Metro guys. Many Many Vollie depts do the same....my last 2 had TL but had NOOOO clue what they were for. I have seen Chicago and Boston pics were they are directing it upwards.

                            But to answer the question......I dunno....maybe it has something to do with the water...........
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                            • #15
                              The picture provides a good visual lesson, look at the TL in the foreground and it's position in relation to the bldg, the other two TL's have a far better position to operate at a taxpayer fire. In a situation like the fire in the picture TL's should be positioned for maximum coverage of the objective (in this case the storefronts) positioning a TL parallel to the objective turned slightly away from the bldg affords us the best coverage, the bucket can be positioned to drive the stream from the sidewalk area upward into the cockloft or into the rear of the store, it can also be brought up to **** on it after all else fails, a position too often taken without trying to operate upward into the cockloft allowing the fire, heat, and smoke to be driven upward. Going over the cab of the rig or off the rear gives you few options for positioning the bucket and the stream.
                              As always JMHO. Stay safe!

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