This past week we did some aerial operations and flat roof ops training over a three day period. We used our own 105 foot straight stick and a neighboring departments 105 foot bucket. What learned real fast was that everyone uses their ladder/aerial device differently and has different equipment on the ladder/aerial device.
It made me very curious about why departments build and set up their device certain ways. So, I have taken some time to look at a few aerial apparatus over this past week just to get a better idea about what is out there. Does it make a difference to me if it is not my device? Absolutely!
We run a great deal of mutual aid and there is a good chance that I might be operating off of someone else’s aerial device. It is good to know what the different options are on our surrounding sticks. How does the nozzle work? What tools are on the ladder and what do I need to bring with me? The options go on and on.
So, what do you have on your stick? What tools are mounted and do you like to have on the ladder? Does your device provide air or are you limited to what’s on your back? If there are roof/attic ladders on the stick, what are their lengths? Will they reach down from your tallest parapet wall?
Give us your feedback and comments, we are all waiting to learn some great ideas and suggestions.
Train hard and stay safe.