Overhaul™– First Articulating NFPA Approved Ladder – Replaces
Traditional, Awkward, Heavy Firefighting Ladders
Springville, Utah, April 20, 2016 – Little Giant Ladder Systems®, (www.littlegiantladders.com), the industry leader in ladder safety innovations, unveiled today at the FDIC International Conference, the largest gathering of fire professionals worldwide, the patent pending Little Giant Overhaul Firefighter’s Ladder System containing features specifically engineered to address the hazards firefighters face everyday.
Designed by firefighters for firefighters, the Overhaul™ Ladder System is introduced to combat
the challenging conditions present during overhaul, the firefighting process to contain areas that
could cause a fire to spread or a building to tumble once the active fire has been extinguished.
“As a former Chief of FDNY R&D, this ladder offers more versatility than anything I have ever
seen,” said Robert Keys. “The Overhaul is the biggest innovation in ladder design in my 30-year
firefighting career! Climbing up a straight ladder from an uneven surface without chocking or
blocks is so much safer when using the Little Giant Ratchet Levelers. It can fit in an elevator
and give firefighters access to a penthouse cockloft. Just unbelievable.”
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“During the overhaul process, firefighters have traditionally used long ladders that are awkward
and heavy to access dangerous parts of a structure,” said Art Wing, Chairman and President of
Little Giant Ladder Systems. “When minutes count, these difficult-to-maneuver ladders add
unnecessarily strain and can put lives at risk. The new Overhaul Ladder System reduces fatigue
because it is much lighter and easier to maneuver, allowing firefighters to reserve their strength
for saving lives.”
At just 4 feet 7 inches tall when retracted, the Overhaul ladder actually extends to 17 feet, but is
compact enough to carry into an elevator, up a flight of stairs, or around tight corners. The large
solid aluminum carrying handle makes it easy to grip, even while wearing firefighting gloves. Its
heavy-duty caster wheels enable quick and easy transport, because in firefighting, every second
“There is a deep sense of brotherhood and sisterhood that exists in the firefighting community;
people’s lives depend on it,” said Captain Aaron Ernsberger of the Phoenix Fire Department.
“As safety professionals, anytime we can engage with a product that truly makes a difference it’s
a big, big deal. Little Giant’s Overhaul ladder is that type of product. It’s a game changer when it
comes to how we do work around the country. It solves so many problems universal to all
firefighting professionals, and enables us to work faster, safer, and more effectively than ever
In addition to easy transport and easy carrying, the Overhaul ladder system also features the
following innovations to help firefighters be successful:
1. Ratchet Levelers – Specifically designed for easy operation while wearing heavy firefighting
gloves and bunker boots, Ratchet Levelers are ideal for working on unlevel ground as they
adjust in seconds to provide an even, level setup over an uneven surface or debris.
2. Roof and Rafter Hooks – The Overhaul Ladder is equipped with folding roof and rafter
hooks that allow firefighters to hook the ladder to a rafter or truss to help prevent the ladder from
“slipping out” from underneath while they work, one of the most common causes of injury during
overhaul and other operations.
3. High-Visibility – Each rung on the Overhaul Ladder is equipped with high-viz reflective labels
and Little Giant’s exclusive Safety Insight™ photo-luminescent strips to help identify rung
location in low-light conditions. This durable material glows for up to 16 hours when charged, is
integrated into the rung, and will not rub off like tape.
4. Dual Position Spike Feet – Adjustable non-slip rubber feet provide stability on wet or
slippery surfaces and flip down spike feet provide stability on grass, carpet and soft surfaces.
“Little Giant is serious about solving problems that can cause injuries and put lives at risk,” said
Ryan Moss, CEO of Little Giant Ladder Systems and President of the American Ladder Institute.
“Through extensive work with firefighters throughout the nation, many of the most frequent
hazards faced by firefighters were identified. Little Giant engineered the new Overhaul ladder
specifically to address those concerns.”
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About Little Giant Ladder Systems:
Little Giant Ladder Systems, Inc. manufactures and distributes superior-quality climbing
products to discerning homeowners and professionals throughout the world. As the industry
leader in ladder safety innovation, the company’s growing family of consumer brands includes
Little Giant Ladders®, Little Giant Xtreme™, Aerial Safety Cage™, SumoStance™, Select
Step™, Lunar™ and Dark Horse™.
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Strategic Connections, LLC