Three Days at Aerial Apparatus School

Issue 2 and Volume 120.

Three Days at Aerial Apparatus School Part 2: Driver training, apparatus testing demonstrated; students get tips on preventive maintenance, writing specs After we returned from lunch on the second day of the Aerial Apparatus Short Course at the University of Maryland at College Park, Joseph M. McDonagh, a senior instructor in the University’s Fire Extension Department, talked about driver training. He defined the four steps of a good program as selection of candidates, qualification, training and retraining. Annual vision and skill tests should be conducted, and records should be kept to show any changes through the years. McDonagh pointed out the usefulness of mirrors, especially when backing. Mirrors eliminate the need to twist your body or half stand while backing with the possibility of your foot slipping off a pedal, he explained. However, he conceded that it sometimes is better to look to the rear when backing the tractor of…

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