"Give your Ladders a little love"
"A clean tool is a happy tool, and portable ladders are no exception. Keep your ladders free and clear of fire debris and clean as needed with careful focus on the extension ladder's moving parts. Pulleys, ladder locks, and fly section channels are prone to collecting debris." Pg. 270, Chapter 22.
Often hidden in a compartment and out of sight, the portable ladder is thrusted into action at a working fire with an occupant trapped at the second floor and expected to perform flawlessly. To have flawless performance demands flawless practice and preparation. Take this Sunday to pull out your portable ladders, clean and lube them, and ensure all of your members know the "in's and out's" of the ladder.
For instance, what does that orange sticker mean on your ladder? What temperature does it change color (usually 300 degrees)? Why is it that temperature ? What is that expiration date mean? All questions a pro can answer and explain the "why" behind it. Do the research on your particular ladder and continue to build your "2,000" year mind.