Hello WAMAA members.

I was contacted by Mr. Chuck Woolley of the University of Michigan’s Center for Ergonomics.  He is in need of 12 firefighters to test a new motorized ladder-mill designed for NIOSH.  His statements are below and a flyer with registration instructions is attached.


The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety will be doing a major national study of firefighter ladder climbing for aerial ladders.   The study is to compare 12″ vs. 14″ rung spacing for future aerial ladder equipment specifications and will be performed in Morgantown, West Virginia, where NIOSH is headquartered.

The Center for Ergonomics here at U of Michigan has designed the ladder-mill for NIOSH and is doing some initial tests. We are in need of 12 firefighters to test the motorized ladder-mill.

The sponsors of this project include the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Subjects will be paid $25/hour for up to four hours and mileage to and from Tecumseh where the device is located.

Thank you for your consideration.


Chuck Woolley

Research Area Specialist Lead, Lecturer II
Room G624 IOE
Center for Ergonomics
Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan



Ryan from Pittsfield