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This should never have happened. Kearney Fire & Rescue ?

This video was passed on to me by a Fire Department Captain who was very upset to see this ridiculous mistake on the part of the second crewman who decided to ascend the ladder instead of staying below and anchoring it. 

All the training and certifications in the world can not equal the value of a little common sense. It is clear that the ladder was on a slippery surface, and one of the first rules of training when deploying a ladder is to have one crewman solidly planted at the base to prevent it from moving.

 

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Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on February 12, 2019 at 8:04pm

What I find most difficult to understand is how so many other crewmen were walking by this obvious accident waiting to happen and did not spot the danger, jump into action themselves and anchor the ladder. 

Also, I feel it was not necessary to vent that area because the roof was already burned through on the main house, the garage doors were wide open and therefor no one would be able to enter the crawl space over the garage to soak it down who would need the heat and smoke vented anyway.

To just routinely climb on a roof because of the  "it is what we do"  mentality so many crews use as an excuse to put themselves in extreme danger is not justifiable. If you do not NEED to be on a roof, you should not be there.

Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on February 12, 2019 at 7:48pm

Just like having a crewmen anchoring a nozzlemen who is handling a 3" or larger line, there must always be a crewmen firmly positioned to anchor a deployed ladder.

Even if you were never trained to do this it is just common sense to understand when you see someone at the top of a ladder someone should be at the bottom stabilizing it, especially when it is deployed on a snow & ice covered surface like this one is.

THIS IS HOW WE DID IT IN THE NAVY PEOPLE. 

[ note the live ordnance under the wing,... put this out or die trying]

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