Ladder Bucket Standpipe

Can we set-up an elevated standpipe off of the ladder bucket?  That is just what a couple young firefighters asked and it turned into a fine company drill.  This is an example of the younger generations breaking the lazy and unmotivated stereotypes.  

Here is what they wanted to know:

  • Can we use the bucket as an elevated standpipe?  Yes.
  • How many lines can we deploy?  Get up in the bucket and figure it out.

They knew a 2 1/2″ or 3″ hose could be connected to a discharge on the front of the bucket.  They quickly realized that the stacked tips could be removed on one of the master streams and another hose could be connected.   So, in the end, the dotcom firefighters figured out that they could easily supply up to two 3″ hoses, throw gated y’s on, and deploy at least four 1 3/4″ handlines.

Young firefighters wanting to learn is refreshing, get out of the recliners and pass your knowledge on.

  • Charles Dusha

    It is a great idea, and it can be (and has been) done. However, just realize that once you do this, you have eliminated the mobililty of the aerial device, it is going to be locked into a fixed position at the window where you enter with the hand lines.

    Also consider another option – an external 2 1/2 or 3″ line brought to the point of entry by the firefighters on the ladder and secured in place (webbing and a tool across a doorway) with gated Y or water thief (or some other type of manifold) in place to deploy multiple lines from a high rise pack. Just have to make sure that the anchor will support the weight of the water column (heavy).

  • Good points. All things to consider.