Firefighting

AERIAL OPERATIONS FOR LOW-RISE BUILDINGS

Issue 10 and Volume 159.

BY DREW SMITH AND DAVID TRAIFOROS Is your aerial a very expensive taxi or a tool? How does your aerial support your operation? Are aerial placement and staffing part of your plan? When you hear someone say, “truck work,” do you think of search and rescue or hand tool operations such as forcible entry, ventilation, and overhaul, or do you integrate the aerial operation into those functions? Early spotting and positioning are key to a successful operation regardless of whether the fire is held to a first alarm or necessitates multiple alarms. If the first-arriving engine does not think about the first-arriving truck, the operation may begin to fail before anyone gets started. The first-arriving truck must think of what its strategy and tactics objectives are specific to what is observed on arrival and what the incident commander is reporting. If the aerial is not placed in the appropriate position…

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