Shawn Donovan- Boston Fire

Laddering with a Purpose

Fire-ground laddering has been moved down the list of priorities in many fire departments.  This could be caused by cuts to departments and apparatus or a shift in a department's priorities both voluntary and forced.  Some departments have realized engine companies put out fires and have difficulty justifying the need for a truck company or even see the need for truck work to be a priority. 

Truck company tasks are present at every fire.  Being able to perform those tasks efficiently can change the course of an incident.  This class will focus on the lost art of ladder work and how to become proficient in their use.

We’ll touch on basic ground and aerial skills, ladder priorities for engine and truck companies, laddering tactics, working safely and effectively from ladders, ways to become more comfortable on ladders, flow then throw scenarios for engine operators, tips for effective use of aerials and tower ladders as well as tower and ground ladder company drills.

Bio: Shawn Donovan is a 16 year member of Boston fire.  He has spent that time on engines, trucks and a heavy rescue and was and adjunct instructor at Boston’s fire academy.  Shawn is a lieutenant on Ladder 4.