During a firefighting operation, firefighters must do everything possible to stifle the fire as soon as possible and to save the potential victims. When the fires flare up at height, firefighters are required to use ladders to reach the fire as close as they can. Every fire truck has a ladder whose height varies from 50 ft to 105 ft ( from 15 meters to 32 meters).
How important is the height of a fire ladder?
A fire truck ladder is one of the most important tools found on fire engines. Very often, ladders are key points in firefighting situations. In small towns where the average level of buildings is four floors, a 15 meters ladder may be sufficient. In big cities with skyscrapers, a 32 meters ladder is sufficient only if the fire happens on the seventh floor at the most. Fires that happen at very high levels can be reached only by stairs inside the building, and by helicopter in very rare cases. However, a maximum extended ladder may be dangerous for firefighters especially in windy weather.
Fire ladders height restrictions
When fire truck manufacturers produce a fire engine, they must take into consideration the weight of the vehicle after it is loaded with staff, equipment, and water. Countries and regions have different weight restrictions on the roads and the average is 23 tones. The body car, water tank, and hoses are already heavy. Ladders are made of strong metal and, because of weight limits, they cannot be taller than 105 ft. Volkan Fire is one of the best fire truck producers in Turkey, specialized on fire truck production and distribution, with an enormous range of fire engine types. The ladder height can be customized according to your fire department needs.