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Test #03-002, Firefighter Ladder Rail Safety System

DAMAGE CONTROL ENGINEERING TEST FACILITY

(DCETF)
NAVAL RESERVE CENTER, BALTIMORE
TEST DATA

 

TEST NUMBER: 03-002 DATE: March 12-13, 2003
TEST TITLE: Firefighter Ladder Rail Safety System
TEST TEAM:
Creig Beck
webmaster@dcfpnavymil.org
RESULTS: The results of the following objectives are; 1) the ease of setting up the equipment was not too hard to do, 2) The equipment was not hard to operate, 3) The equipment seem to do what it was design for. Even thought I did not tried to drop myself as an accident fall, I did drop the safety belt to simulate a fall and the system only drop a few inches before stopping. Overall, if I was climbing or going down a ladder that had a 30 or 40-foot drops. I would wear or wish I had this system in install. STATUS: Completed Phase 1
EQUIPMENT NAME: Firefighter Ladder Safety System
  1. DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT: In testing the ladder rail, the equipment was connected to the ladder that was located in E1 compartment as shown in photo 1. Photo 2 shows the safety harness that is attached to the fire fighter like a belt. Photo 3 is the carrier sleeve that is attaches to ladder rail and connected to the safety harness.
  2. TEST OBJECTIVES: In this test the objectives are the following: 1) eases of setting up equipment, 2) how hard to operate, 3) performance of equipment
  3. RECOMMENDATION: 1) Test the equipment out on aboard ship for navy feedback.
 

Image showing ladder rail system attached to ladder
Photo 1: Ladder rail system attached to ladder

Image showing safety harness that is attached to the fire fighter like a belt
Photo 2: Safety harness that is attached to the fire fighter like a belt

Image showing carrier sleeve that is attached to ladder rail
Photo 3: Carrier sleeve that is attached to ladder rail