Ground Ladder Testing
FireFlow Services Inc provides Fire Departments with high quality Ground Ladder Testing services. Meeting the rigorous requirements of NFPA 1932-2010, FireFlow Services follows a standardized process to ensure that all ground ladders are professionally checked for safety. We test ladders from 5 feet to 50 feet, and of various types and manufacturers.
Each ladder type is subject to a series of tests and inspections to give you confidence that a ladder will not fail when it is needed most.. FireFlow Services tests all types of ladders, including:
- Roof Ladders
- Combination Ladders
- Folding Ladders
- Extension Ladders
- Multi-Purpose Ladders
Tests are done on all metal, fiberglass, and even wooden ground ladders.
Any ground ladder, which is used in the fire service and sold to the fire department as a Fire Department rated ladder is subject to a series of tests per NFPA 1932-2010 guidelines.
- Visual Inspections - We inspect each ladder for a multitude of physical problem areas including rusting, corrosion, cracks, bad welds, loose bolts on guides, poor lubrication, and more.
- Horizontal Bend Test - We subject each extension, combination, roof and folding ladder to an extended weight test. With the ladder extended, we simulate the weight of a firefighter(s) climbing up or down the ladder. We test each ladder with the required weight and time to ensure that the ground ladder performs as per manufacturers' specifications, and has a deflection within NFPA guidelines.
- Roof Hook Test - Each roof ladder has its roof hooks checked for sturdiness, operability, and pressure. All mechanisms are checked for ease of clearance and opening. Also, each roof hook is tested under 1,000 pounds of pressure to ensure that the hooks remain stable and do not bend when subject to extended pressure.
- Hardware Test - For each extension ladder we inspect and test the pawl locks on each section of the ground ladder. Each lock is visually inspected, the locking mechanism is tested to see if it moves freely and engages the rungs, the release mechanism is functional, and finally the lock is tested with 1,000 pounds of pressure to ensure that it can hold a weight load even greater than it will be subject too. The locks must hold in place to ensure that a ladder will not collapse when it is used.
Our highly trained staff works with ground ladder manufacturers to gain a full understanding of the operational qualities of all types of ladder.