Ladder Testing

Did you know that CKFR conducts annual testing of its ground ladders? Underwriter Laboratories (UL) has been at Station 51 for the last two days working with CKFRs A/O Crosby to ensure every single ground ladder in our department is safe. The ladders are visually inspected for signs of wear and damage. They then undergo a load test. The larger ladders have 500 pounds placed on them for 5 minutes. The inspector from UL then uses pre and post measurements, as well as watching the ladder “bounce back” after the test to certify that it is safe for continued use. 67 total ladders were tested. That’s 1,129 feet!