Positioning Aerial Apparatus

  
Positioning Aerail Apparatus
 
Format of Program: Class presented as lecture (on-line coming soon). No Hands On Program.
Program Length:  Didactic 3 Hours 20 Minutes    Prices: Contact us for pricing details
The course meets the requirements of NFPA® 1001 for Firefighter I.
Program description:
Upon completion of this program the student shall be able to:
  
  • List the general considerations associated with aerial apparatus positioning
  • Describe safety considerations
  • Describe the tactical considerations affecting aerial positioning
  • Describe aerial spotting considerations
  • Demonstrate the proper positioning of the aerial apparatus for a given fireground scenario
  • Spotting considerations
  • Staging   
  • Considerations for positioning the aerial apparatus:
  1. Building collapse
  2. Room to operate (extend, rotate and elevate)
  3. Placement for optimal position to maximize reach (scrub zones) or complete multiple tasks
  4. Surface conditions
  5. Weather and wind conditions
  6. Ground and overhead obstructions
  7. Best work angle for the aerial device.
  8. Stabilizer placement
  9. Limited access or set up (short jacking, stabilizers placed between cars or objects)
  10. Forecast where the fire could progress to and be in position to act upon it in the initial set up.

  • Deploy stabilizers per manufacturer’s recommendations:
  1. stabilizer deployment
  2. Place truck in position for stabilizers to extend out on each side of the apparatus
  3. Turn on the aerial master switch and aerial PTO switch inside the cab
  4. Chalk the front wheel on each side
  5. Go to the rear control box underneath rear compartment and move diverter switch to stabilizer position
  6. Visually clear both sides of the apparatus and extend stabilizers
  7. Place ground pads under the stabilizers and extend the stabilizers down until stabilizers are touching ground pads
  8. Extend stabilizers evenly the rest of the way down until the apparatus is level

  • Rescue
  1. stabilizer deployment
  2. Place truck in position for stabilizers to extend out 2 feet on each side of the apparatus
  3. Turn on the aerial PTO switch inside the cab
  4. Chalk the front wheel on the DO side
  5. Place ground pads
  6. Lower the ladder rack
  7. Extend stabilizers on each side until the stabilizers are touching the ground pads
  8. Extend stabilizers evenly the rest of the way down until the apparatus is level
  • Priority Considerations
o   Be aware of load capacity!

  • Rescue from a single location 
  1. Position the aerial to work off the strongpoints (corners of the apparatus) if possible
  2. Align the turntable with the window of the rescue victim
  3. Raise and align the aerial ladder with the window
  4. Bring the aerial ladder to the top of the window of the victims location and lower it down to the window sillThis will prevent the victim from jumping onto the aerial before you are in position
  5. Have someone at the tip to assist the victim(s) down the aerial

  • Rescue from different locations 
  1. Position the aerial to work off the strongpoints (corners of the apparatus) if possible
  2. Place the turntable midway between locations
  3. Raise and align the aerial ladder with the window of the victim closest to the fire
  4. Bring the aerial ladder to the top of the window of the victims location and lower it down to the window sill
  5. This will prevent the victim from jumping onto the aerial before you are in position
  6. Have someone at the tip to assist the victim(s) down the aerial
  7. Move the aerial to the other victim locations in order of victim risk assessment
  8. Bring the aerial ladder to the top of the window of the victims location and lower it down to the window sill
  9. Complete until all victims are rescued or another aerial arrives

  • Ventilation

  1. Residential Fire Placement Ventilation
  2. Horizontal Ventilation
  3. Big Box Commercial Fire Placement Ventilation
  4. Strip mall Commercial Structure Placement for Ventilation
  5. Multifamily Apartments

  • Defensive Operations
  1. Be aware of building collapse
  2. Place for the best tactical position
  3. Place in defense of the greatest value for the structure


  • Motor Vehicle Collision  with Extrication
  1. Position for safety of personnel exiting the apparatus
  2. Use apparatus to create a safe working zone for personnel
  3. If possible leave room for support vehicles to be close to the scene for extrication tools
  4. Direct ambulance where to park for ease of access to the patient

   Hands On 8 Hours

  • Evolutions to enhance base  knowledge and to master the skills from this program.