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Ladder training

By KEVIN L. WILSON, PIO, Correspondent | June 14, 2021 | DELAWARE

Story No. 061421101

CLAYTON, DE - Ladder training was the focus of training on May 17th at the Clayton fire station. The class brought together engineers, firefighters, and a prospective new member to learn, review, and discuss ladder company operations.

Past Chief Jeff Hurlock, and Engineers Roland Timmons and Gary Faulkner instructed the class which revolved around more about the actual operation of the truck versus the role of a truck company. The qualified engineers were recertified on the turn table, members who have never run the turntable were given the opportunity to run the turntable to get them some hands on experience if something were to happen to the driver at an alarm.

Chief Pridemore stated, "It is important for everyone to have an idea how to operate the turntable, with limited staffing you never know when you may find yourself in need of someone to just operate the turntable."

The training consisted of setting up the truck for operation, extending the outriggers, operating the turntable by raising it from the bed and touching the 4 cones that were placed on the roof of the nearby Atlantic Tractor facility, then returning the ladder to the bed and resetting the truck for normal operations. The instructors gave some tips not taught in regular training classes based on their experience.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.