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Wooden ladders in Fire Fighting

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Blog entry by KnotWright posted 1339 days ago 4959 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very cool story about the San Francisco Fire Department’s ladder shop! I know first hand how heavy these wooden ladders are. I also know first hand what a 1918 wooden ladder feels like

SFFD Ladder Shop Video

-- James



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#1 posted 1339 days ago

COOL VIDEO. AWESOME, I KNOW THAT WHEN I WAS BUILDING HOUSES AN INSPECTOR TOLD ME THAT WOODEN FLOOR MAIN BEAMS WOULD LAST LONGER IN A FIRE THAN A STEEL BEAM. THE STEEL BEAM HE SAID WOULD WARP FROM THE INTENSE HEAT OF A FIRE, WHEREAS A WOODEN BEAM WOULD JUST TAKE LONGER TO BURN BEFORE FAILING GIVING THE FIREFIGHTERS LONGER TO FIGHT THE FIRE BEFORE THE BUILDING WOULD FOLD IN ON ITSELF.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 1339 days ago

Very interesting, thank you for sharing that video

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#3 posted 1338 days ago

cool vidio thank´s for sharing this with us
and it make sence what they said that a wooden latter is more stabil
here in Denmark all the windowclearners use woodenlatters too
but that is for another reason ….ain´t so cold in winthertimes to tuch with wet hands…LOL

take care
Dennis

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#4 posted 1338 days ago

My Dad was a house painter. I painted with him for several years. We had both wood and aluminum extension ladders. The wood were much more stable. I have three wooden step ladders, two of which are commercial models. Very stable.

Thanks for the link. Very interesting.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#5 posted 1337 days ago

Now that was cool….lots of skill need there…..great Lumber too.

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#6 posted 1337 days ago

Great video. I sent this out to the firefighters I work with.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#7 posted 1337 days ago

AWSOME video

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