Ladder Window Rescue | Pregnant Lady and Side Step Techniques

‘When Things Go Bad Inc.’ instructors teach ladder window rescue techniques at Colorado State Fire Fighter Association’s Fire College 2022 in Parker, CO

This firefighter training video provides firefighter victim rescue training. Firefighter ground ladder training teaches firefighters how to safely move on a ladder while rescuing a victim.


You got a couple different options here in the ladder, three of them carries two of them identical, just different ways. Third one’s different. but is separate.

So when I’m here as the, as the rescuer, I’m now determining how this patient’s coming out with pregnant lady, like both legs are going over the shoulders. That is it. That is the way.

Puts us in control, gets them out. And if that person wakes up, pin to the ladder if I needed to, like, there’s not much they could do to come off.

And then that patient, you know, the patient bedside manner at the bottom, right. We just boom to that one knee flake flake. Let their butt come here and then I just pull out and let him go,

So this would be the orientation of my head to the wall.

So I’ve drug him through the house. His head hits the wall. Now I’m here. It’s like, okay, well, how do I get him out? Like I can’t pregnant lady him. Cause obviously that’s the other way. So this will be a back flip.

This one here, I’m reaching in that window. One run higher. I’m reaching and grabbing those legs.

Now I have the determining factor.

Do I want to split and do basically reverse pregnant lady, but catch on my knee. The other option is I side step, throw the legs over one side left or right. That’s why I say it’s identical. It’s just, it’s not, it’s different.

We get here and now it’s like, all right, we’re gonna back flip.

So he knows same thing. We came to the window. It’s like pregnant lady. He’s like, cool. I know shoulders. Even with the seal, I’m just standing here waiting. But now I come to rescue. I’m like, ‘Hey, backflip!’.

He’s like, great. He steps up one. Arms are ready to go. Cuz now as soon as these legs go up, he’s got to reach in and grab the legs we’re done with those because now, we’re just worried about the mass.

We have to bring our curds to work today. Like, tie one on and go. If not, this ain’t happening because any little movement, if we drop our victim, he is now critically injured.

You’re making the call. We’re not gonna tell you, ‘Hey, we’re giving to your right’. We’re gonna like, I don’t care. You do what you do. Cause all we’re gonna do is simply lift him and then follow his legs. Whichever way his legs go. We’re going, you’re making that call as the rescue. That’s it,




Perfect. So if you guys gonna see that what we did immediately swam his arms back. So he’s good now. Like I can stay here for a minute. We can like, okay. You good? Yep. You’re good. You get, yep. Go ahead.

He starts dropping one down. Just we start transitioning out. And then this elbow, or this armpit is gonna go on this arm. So we’re just gonna easily, gently lay him down and you got it. I let go back to my beam with my left, my right swims back in and up his butt.

It’s important this is the way though, because you guys will see it the first time you screwed up and be like, this is gonna be weird and you’ll understand why cuz you don’t catch the legs.

I want to capture his crotch on my forearm. So if you don’t swim away and come back and go through, you end up twisting the torso.

Instructor Tip

I’m looking to come through here. Right? I want to capture his crotch on my forearm. So if you don’t swim away and come back and go through, you end up twisting the torso and you’ll see it the first time you do like, oh, this is weird. And you’re like, I got. I can’t teach it until you fail at it and you’ll see it.

And it’s the same both ways. Like if I go this way back to the beam, swim out, come back.

Us as the rescuers. That’s my favorite spot. Cuz now he’s less vulnerable. I’ve got him off the ground. His belly is now up here. So my good, his neck’s good. I’m not worried about hurting him. So now I gotta slowly transition that off to the side.

So the legs went, right? The torso goes left, vice versa. And we just lay that arm pin on the other arm, upper forearm. I like to go down arm staggering a little bit. Cause where’s all the weight right now? Left side. Right? Cuz my shoulders, my head, my upper body, all my mass here is right here. So it’s more concentrated between where my arms and my legs are kind of dangling.

And I’m captured. So I don’t have to worry about it. I don’t wanna go down like this with his head here, because then he can come out. But I really don’t wanna be flat either, because if I go this way, I’ve got more control his body’s locked onto this arm. I know he can’t come out and I’ve gotten, so if you go legs left, Right arm’s a little higher and you’re just riding the beans.

Same thing. When we get to that bottom, it’s just that transition here. I let his body lay on my leg and I just kind of lay out and let him gently to the ground.

Don’t limit window lifts to just window rescues.

Instructor Tip

Don’t limit the window lift to just a, ‘it has to be done on a window’.

We’re dragging a victim. It’s like, ah, shit, it hit the couch. Like, okay. No, like, up and over.

Right? Out-of-the-box.

Where else can this come into play? This is not the limitation we call it window lifting because that’s the bread and butter, the pregnant lady, like two in the morning. I gotta get this unconscious victim out, down and safe.

But again, if it’s in the house, dragging it through the bedroom, down the hallway, it’s one of us like, those things, we can use any of these lifts and, and work ourselves around and flip them around and go.