11/01/10 139 W - + 7 - 6 Inside the Ladder Shop at the San Francisco Fire Department

From a reader, here's one of the neatest videos you'll see some time. San Francisco Fire Department ladder shop, and how they build and repair their trademark wooden ladders. Why wood? Because the ladders don't conduct electricity in a city with many narrow streets and low-hanging high-voltage power lines. How long do they take to build? After the wood cures for 15 years (!), they can be hand-built in about two weeks. How long do they last? Watch as a 90-year-old (!!) ladder is repaired and returned to service. How big do they make them? The largest, says this SFFD web page, is a 50-footer that weights 350 pounds. That's six firefighters to lift the thing. Cool stuff.

Inside the Ladder Shop at the San Francisco Fire Department from AdamKaplan on Vimeo.

Once I saw this online I knew I had to submit it to Mike. :)

Hope everyone enjoys this look at a very cool piece of history still in use!
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 11/01/10 - 21:17

Cool video and history
JD - 11/02/10 - 17:13

I developing training for emergency responders (firefighters) and was asked by a subject matter expert that I am working with a course on if we could use this Ladder Shop video in our course to enhance instruction. How do I reach the person who “owns” the video to seek permission to use it. I understand that Joel Connable produced it. Would I need to ask him for permission? And if so, how can I reach him?

Thank you very much,
Carla Fisher
Texas Engineering Extension Service
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77840
carla fisher (Email) - 09/05/11 - 16:49

I would contact the PIO office for San Francisco FD. It’s their ladder shop and I’m sure they would know.
Mike - 09/05/11 - 19:40

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