I love a quick video story like this. It is a mini-documentary on how The San Franciso Fire Department makes its own wooden ladders by hand:
Here are a few takeaways I found out after researching this story:
- Wooden ladders are cheaper to maintain than aluminum ones.
- The San Franciso Fire Department is using wooden ladders due to an abundance of overhead power lines. The high-voltage cables and wires that guide the city’s public transport system mean that ladders made of conductive elements are too dangerous to use.
- Some firefighters claim: “The fire service is 200+ years of tradition, unimpeded by progress”.