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The Aerial Set-up

Tue, 27 Jan 2009|

Battalion Chief John Riker of the Newark (NJ) Fire Department demonstrates how to rapidly and effectively position the apparatus and aerial ladder to remove victims from a structure.



[MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] Hi, welcome to training minutes. When it's obvious upon arrival that the aerial ladder will be used to affect rescue and removal of an endangered or trapped occupant, it's important that we set up the apparatus quickly and correctly. Here's a few tips to show you how to do that. When positioning the aerial apparatus, take advantage of large street fronts, driveways, and parking areas. Pull in directly to the building. This will help in lining up the turntable and aerial ladder directly at the target. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] To help line up the target, the operator should use the window frame, and side rails, to guide the ladder into position. [MUSIC] Perfect. Under normal street conditions, the apparatus will be aligned parallel to the front of the building [MUSIC] Use the natural lines of the building to help align the turntable to the target. Use an imaginary line from the target window, straight down the front of the building, going directly underneath the turntable of the apparatus [MUSIC] [MUSIC] By positioning the apparatus in this manner, the aerial ladder is square to the target. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I hope these operational tips and procedures help you and your department to operate efficiently and effectively on the fire ground. I'm John Richer. Thanks for watching.

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