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Police in Grimsby had a lofty chase on their hands in early March, when a man they were chasing in connection with an incident earlier in the day climbed on to the roofs of nearby shops and houses to escape arrest. It took over an hour to persuade the man to come back down after he was assured he could call his partner before being taken away. Police provided the man with a telescopic ladder, which he used to descend from the house roof before officers arrested him.
This incident comes a year after another man, being chased by police, took to the rooftops in a vain attempt to evade capture, so at least they had some experience in dealing with criminals who take this unusual route. Telescopic ladders are ideal for police use as they can be stored in the back of any police car, and potentially even on a police motorcycle, if the panniers are large enough to accommodate a telescopic ladder. It is the small pack down size that makes the telescopic ladder attractive to the emergency services; although there may not be a regular requirement for a ladder in the line of duty, there are circumstances under which having a ladder is vital for effecting a rescue or for safely getting absconders down from wherever they may have sought refuge.
Of course, the fire service has vehicle mounted ladders which could be deployed in the same situation, but as police officers have access to their own ladder this means the fire service do not have to be caught up in a situation that could be effectively handled by the police and therefore, available for incidents that require their specialist equipment. If the fire service had been called to get the man down from the roof, the chances were that he would have had to wait up there for some time before they could attend, thereby wasting more police time. It is lucky that the officers were so well equipped, as they were able to close the incident down as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Photographs of the incident in Grimsby, show what looks like a Zarges Telemaster ladder propped on the roof, and this is certainly a great choice for the emergency services. The Telemaster is available in 3.3 metre or 3.8 metre lengths and is rated to EN131 part 6 for professional and site use. The certified standard of the ladder is important for the police, as they cannot risk being sued if a criminal gets injured using a ladder they have provided, and this is equally important for professional users, who should not skimp and cut corners by purchasing cheaper, but less sturdy ladders for use on a building site. The 3.3 metre model weighs just over 10 kilos and packs down to a length of 78 centimetres (and 51 centimetres wide) for easy storage and portability.
There are other telescopic ladders on the market for a range of budgets and needs, and they should be considered as a serious option for people who lack a lot of storage space but who need to reach high places. Caravan users find these ladders invaluable for accessing the roof and any awning anchors on the exterior of the vehicle. Camper vans usually have a ladder built on to the back for accessing the roof, but this ladder is fixed and therefore limiting in what you can reach by using it. Having a second, moveable ladder is very useful for assessing any damage to the roof from overhanging branches, for getting things up on to the roof rack and for attaching awnings and canopies.
The burgeoning tiny house movement is another market segment where a telescopic ladder is handy for checking the roof and guttering without having to fix something to the side of the building as it can be stored in the smallest of spaces, even on the back of a door. Bungalow owners can also benefit from a small ladder solution that gives them height access without compromising on storage space. Check out our range here.