Presenter: G. Howard Blythe, Firefighter, Fire Department of New York
This workshop features a wholistic approach to the standard positioning, uses, and deployment of aerial devices at most standard types of structural fire responses. Novice and experienced firefighters and officers learn how to make aerial fireground operations part of an extremely easy-to-use system they can apply at all structural responses. This system helps to build the muscle memory so important to firefighters and also elevates the operational tempo of the fireground, which is crucial for gaining the initiative at fires. Manufacturers’ recommendations, industry best practices, and case studies that cover firefighter line-of-duty deaths that relate to the use of aerial devices are discussed.