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Proven Methods for Selecting and Placing Aerials

Tuesday, April 25
This program starts with an overview of the methodology used to conduct an aerial needs assessment. Topics include what exactly a quint is and how it fits in, what part the Insurance Services Office plays, how fire department staffing fits in, if the new rig will fit in the station, and the budget for the new aerial device. Next begins an in-depth risk assessment of the response area: What buildings are contained in the response area? What is a McMansion and what ladder company equipment is needed to successfully fight a fire in one? Next is to assess the response area as it relates to driving fire apparatus: What is the current fleet and additional aerial apparatus that may be available under auto aid or mutual aid? What are the travel distances that responding apparatus will have to negotiate? What affect will scrub area and an aerial device footprint have on the assessment? Finally, the class will discuss data evaluation and how to come to a final recommendation.
Michael Wilbur, Lieutenant (Ret.) - Fire Department of New York