Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 7

Unit 7 - The Operation and use of Ladders in the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

Ladders are essential pieces of equipment used within the Fire and Rescue Services for a variety of different purposes.

This unit will introduce learners to a variety of those ladders and enable them to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to select and use an appropriate ladder for a given task. The learner will be introduced to a number of the different types of ladders and will learn about their construction, use and versatility.

The ladders used throughout this unit will allow the learners the opportunity to work as part of a team. This unit will enable learners to develop their team, leadership, communication and practical skills; all of which are essential for safe, effective ladder work within the Fire and Rescue Service.

The health, safety and welfare of learners are an essential consideration when working with ladders. Learners will find out how to use ladders safely and be able to identify the hazards and risks involved when working with different types of ladders.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the operation and use of a selection of Fire and Rescue Service ladders
  • Be able to demonstrate the appropriate use of Fire and Rescue Service ladders
  • Understand safe techniques for working on and from ladders

1 Understand the operation and use of a selection of Fire and Rescue Services Ladders

Operational Ladders: types of ladder e.g. 13.5 metre, 9 metre, triple extension ladder; operational terminology e.g. head, heel, round, string, jack beam ;

Uses of different types of ladder: to gain access at height; other uses include triple extension ladder – improvised dams, improvised stretcher

2 Be able to demonstrate the appropriate use of Fire and Rescue Service ladders

Operating procedures: lifting and moving with ladders, siting and extending ladders; mounting, ascending, descending and dismounting ladders; housing and storing ladders.

3 Understand safe techniques for working on and from ladders

Standard safe operating techniques: working aloft; risks and safety control measures when operating a ladder; safe working practices when using ladders e.g. leg lock, three points of contact when mounting and dismounting from the head or heel of a ladder; safety words of command

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1identify different types of ladders and describe the use of each ladder
P2identify and describe the terminology used when operating a Fire and Rescue Service ladder
P3demonstrate the correct method of operating a Fire and Rescue Service ladder as part of a crew

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Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars e.g. FSC1/89 - Breathing Apparatus and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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