Pratt Firefighters test ladder extension unit for safety on steep angles

By Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune – August 3, 2017

Pratt Fire Lt. Chad Van Slyke (left) and Firefighter Justin Sanko. Photo by Gale Rose.

Pratt firefighters are considering a new piece of ladder equipment that will make it safer to work on roofs with relatively steep angles.

The Roof Operations Safety Platform attaches to a standard fire ladder and allows firefighters to have a wider platform to stand on when doing procedures on a roof, said Pratt Fire Chief David Kramer.

Firefighters got to test the platform during their regular Wednesday training session. The platform hooks onto the ladder and is designed to extend to the left or right side of the ladder or it can be placed in the middle and have a shorter extension on both sides.

When firefighters attack a fire on the roof, they use specialized tools including an ax, halagan bar, chain saw or rescue saw. When working on a roof with a steep angle, a ladder provides the means to reach the area where firefighters need to work. The width of a ladder is the only area for standing with these pieces of equipment.

“A high pitched roof can be touchy and it can be dangerous,” Kramer said.

The platform gives the firefighter a wider platform to work on and makes it safer to attack the fire.

“A bigger work space is always better,” Kramer said.


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