Least Resistance Training Concepts

Volunteers Training for Emergencies

  Technical Information Sheet

It may be necessary to climb up on a disabled or overturned trailer or reach some other elevated position to secure doors and other elements. Climbing directly up the side of a vehicle or structure is usually not advisable, especially if a suitable ladder is available. Ladders can also be used to provide stability and bridge weak areas on ice or for rescues involving weak floors or bridge decks.

After stabilizing, overturned trailers may need to be laddered to secure doors and other objects.

The Special Operations Support unit carries a Werner 12-foot combination ladder that can be configured as either a step ladder or as an extension ladder.

Combination ladder as normally stored.


  • Maximum Working Height: 12 feet as an extension ladder

  • Maximum Working Height: 6 feet as a stepladder

  • Maximum Working Load: 375 Lbs.

In extension ladder configuration.
In stepladder configuration.
Note: The pin must be locked in the slot when using as a stepladder.

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