Ground Ladders

CEF008 – 4.00 Hours


FP CEF008 50 $10.00 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Inherently we face our largest degree of danger on the fire ground.  A basic understanding of ground ladders decreases the severity of many risks including roof ventilation, search operations, fire attack in elevated levels, and victim rescue. The basic ground ladder skills; carrying, placing and securing are perishable skills that need to be practiced and reviewed often.  Care of the ladder is just as critical as the use.  Extension ladders have multiple components that require upkeep to ensure safety for the firefighter and the victims it may save.  Mastery knowledge of fire service ground ladders is a requirement for not only the recruit firefighter but the senior officer on the apparatus alike.  This course offers 4 CE hours covering ladder construction, types, inspection, maintenance, carries, placement and raising.  This course offers an interactive practice session and a module quiz based off IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 7th edition.  This course satisfies: NFPA 1001 4.3.6, 4.3.9, 4.3.10, 4.3.11, 4.3.12, 4.5.1    


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Technical Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, you should have access to computer equipment meeting the following system requirements:

  • Recommended screen resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Broadband or high speed internet
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers
  • Latest version of Flash
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Text Book

Students are expected to use the Essentials of Firefighting, 7th Edition Manual

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • 1. Identify the parts of a ladder.
  • 2. Differentiate among types of ladders.
  • 3. Describe the process of cleaning, inspecting, and maintaining a ladder.
  • 4. Describe safe practices for using ladders.
  • 5. Describe the process of carrying a ladder.
  • 6. Describe the proper procedure for placing a ground ladder.
  • 7. Describe ways to secure a ground ladder.
  • 8. Describe methods for raising and lowering a ladder.
  • 9. Describe how to safely work from a ladder.
  • 10. Describe methods to assist a victim down a ladder.

Suggested Audience

Individuals seeking continuing education in the fire service.

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

  • 4.00 hours – Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)