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Published on Aug 7, 2007
This 2 man carry is a quick way to get a 24' ext ladder, 16' roof ladder, 2 chainsaws, hooks, etc... to the structure. While the Driver is getting his airpack on, the OV (outside vent) guy begins stacking the ladders. Notice the OV guy opens the roof ladder hooks before they pick up the stack. In a pinch, this entire set up can be dragged by 1 firefighter by allowing the hooks to hold the ext ladder in place. Just pick up the other end of the roof ladder and get it where you need it. Some chiefs won't like you dragging the ladder, but the people hanging off of the balconies won't care how you get it there. We perform the carry like this when on-scene units have already indicated a "need" for vertical ventilation, otherwise the driver begins stacking the ladders while the OV guy is completing his 360 walk around & shutting off utilities.
*On our truck, the other 2 truck members take fans to the front door and begin search operations. Why 2 chainsaws? After the Officer and "irons" guy have completed their search they can assist the vent team w/o having to return to the truck. They know that there will always be a 2nd chainsaw and hook at the base of the ladder.