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USING MASTER STREAMS FROM STRAIGHT-STICK AERIALS

04/01/2001
All too often, we see videos of major fires on the television news or in training films showing firefighters perched atop aerials directing streams. On occasion, we hear of firefighters being injured while operating at the top of an aerial while flowing water. Some departments have stopped this practice for safety reasons. Others have not. Woody Hayes, former head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, once noted that "three things can happen with a forward pass and two of them are bad!" Such is the logic behind this month's question. Having firefighters flow water from the top of an aerial does not present very good safety odds to my way of thinking. Other than for the obvious plus of "lo...

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