Wooden Ladders

From Yale University Digital Library Archive

The Vent Enter Search website provides a great resource for front line firefighters. They have everything from “What’s in your pockets?” to practical training tips and tricks. They will even show you possible hidden hazards of structures, most of the content provided by the community of firefighters.

The San Francisco Fire Department is one of the few, the only one I know, that still uses wooden ladders. This video featured on the Vent Enter Search site is a look into the people to make and repair a common tool that we rarely consider.


I am glad that I do not have to carry that fifty foot pompier ladder around, but I do wonder if there are any other departments out there still using wooden ladders? I agree with the sentiments of the video, wood is much less conductive than metal. It probably takes the heat better than the metal ladders, and it can be repaired easier. Was it price and weight? Maintenance?

I bet that with less expensive metals, the prices decreased and it was easier to produce. Either way, it’s nice to see wooden ladders on a fire truck.

About Joel

I am a paramedic, firefighter and I work for an organ procurement organization. All stories related to work have been altered to HIPPA standards and for the protection of those involved. The personal stories are different. Photography, flying, aviation, hiking, camping, travel, geocaching, amateur radio are a few of my hobbies.
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