Placing a ladder during an incident is not the time to wish you would’ve trained more on ladders! It’s a simple tool, but one of the most important tools on your rig. So many tactical and safety factors are based on you being proficient with this large, heavy, and cumbersome piece of equipment. In fact, the lives of your fellow brothers and sisters, and the lives of the public we are sworn to protect, hinge on you knowing what, when, and where to place your ladders. Anybody who has participated in my BFD Academy classes knows how serious I am about ladder use and tactics.
It’s not an ornament – get it off your rig and train, train, train!