National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Ladder – Step, 8’ Fiberglass

NFES Number: 
Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 
Storage and Shelf Life Procedure: 
If stored upright, it must be securely strapped to prevent falling.

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Ladders should not have any damage including cracks, chips and splinters, deformed rails or rungs from heat, chemical or environmental exposure, or any bends and breaks, lack of structural integrity, missing components or loose parts.
  2. The steps or rungs must be tight and secure to the side rails.
  3. All hardware and fittings need to be properly and securely attached.
  4. Movable parts must be tested to see that they operate without binding or without too much free play.
  5. All labels should be intact and readable.
  6. Ladders shall be free of oil, grease, or slippery materials.
  7. All accessories such as leg levelers, paint shelves, stand-off shelves, etc. are in good condition.
  8. The ladder feet must have slip resistant materials.
  9. Return to stock if ladder passes visual inspection and no refurbishment is needed.
  10. Refurbish if damage detected is repairable and cost effective.
  11. Dispose of any ladder that has any material defect or damage that cannot be repaired, excessive paint exists. Dispose of any wooden or metal ladders.

Refurbishing Procedures

A. Cleaning

  1. Remove all oil, grease.
  2. Clean with soap and water or power wash.
  3. Air dry.

B. Repair

  • Replace any damaged or missing components with manufacturer’s specific parts and meeting the ladder’s original design criteria.

C. Testing for performance

  1. Visual inspection of all ladder steps, ladder legs, and ladder cross supports.
  2. Set up ladder and check for stability.

D. Repackaging

  • Local cache option


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