Training Programs

Tactical Use & Positioning of Aerial Apparatus

This specialty hands-on training program builds your members’ skills and confidence in maximizing the capabilities of your tower or aerial apparatus.  Also available as a 3-hour online course that can be taken on its own or paired with the HOT program.

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Positioning, obstacles, & getting in the right spot

The Aerial Operations program will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to maximize the potential benefits of these unique and highly-capable aerial apparatus.  It will give firefighters, officers and incident commanders a robust understanding of the capabilities of aerial and tower ladders and how they can most effectively be integrated into the fireground, while building your members’ confidence in utilizing them properly and to the full extent of their capabilities. This program is based on street-smart and fireground proven knowledge from members with many years of experience operating with tower ladders.

This program is available as a 4 hour in-person seminar plus 1-2 days of hands-on training.

It is also available as a 3 hour online course which can be taken on its own or in advance of our instructors’ arrival for in-person training in order to maximize your member’s hands-on training time. 

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Tactical Use & Positioning of Aerial Apparatus

Is available in the following training formats

In-Person Seminars

The Tactics Use and Positioning of Aerial Apparatus training program can be delivered anywhere from a 4-hour seminar to several days of hands-on training.  The classroom seminar will explore the principal differences between aerial and tower apparatus, as well as essential considerations for their positioning and operation. We will also cover the optimal use of these devices in common tactical scenarios.

The classroom session is  usually paired with 1-2 days of hands-on trainingA 4-hour classroom seminar can also be completed online in advance of our instructor's arrival to maximize hands-on training time for your members.

It can also be paired with our Aggressive Truck Company training course for a comprehensive program that will cover both the apparatus operations (positioning and tactical use) as well as the fireground operations (forcible, entry, search, ventilation, ladders and more).

Learn more (link to In-person training section) about what sets our seminar and hands-on training apart from the rest. Or contact us today to inquire about your next in-person training. 

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Hands-On Training

The hands-on training for Tactical Use and Positioning of Aerial Apparatus is extremely versatile and can be designed to fit your department needs with anywhere from 1-3 days of training. 

The program will be of interest to all, from firefighters to the chief officer level. Firefighters and driver/
operators will learn various uses, positions, and options for their aerial apparatus. Chief level officers will come to
further understand the tactical opportunities that a well placed and well used tower ladder present.

The training can be structured around the type of aerial apparatus your department has or is considering. Our Tactical Operations for Tower Ladders training course [link to pdf]  is ideal for attendees presently using tower ladders in their department, those considering purchasing tower ladders, and departments who work with tower ladders at mutual aid incidents will all benefit from this program.

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Train On-Demand 

This 3-hour specialty course covers  principal differences between aerial and tower apparatus, as well as essential considerations for their positioning and operation.

Students will get to see the optimal use of these devices in common tactical scenarios. Our training programs are available for immediate on-demand access, so you can train when and where you want.

Perfect for individual firefighters who want to take their skill advancement into their own hands, or for departments looking for real fireground proven training their members can access anytime.

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You will get:

  • Fireground proven training
  • Real fireground videos & scenarios
  • Actionable tactics & strategies you can implement now
  • High quality 4K videos divided into easy-to-tackle modules (Watch all at once or in segments to come back to as you have time with 3 weeks of access to re-watch).
  • Certificate of completion & access to training community

Interested in signing up a group or department?

We offer a robust online training experience through our online course portal. Your members will each be given an individual login to complete the course at their own pace from any location with an enabled device, allowing you to include more members at their convenience.

After completing this course, your members will come away with street-smart essentials and actionable skills as well as a consistent understanding of the important mindsets, skills, strategies and tactics to take them to a higher level of firefighting, not just as individuals – but as a team.

We offer bulk discounts for 10+ students as well as discounted training packages when you include additional training courses. 

We also offer combination training packages of online and HOT which can provide cost savings as well as allowing your department to complete the classroom portion in advance in order to maximize hands-on training time. 

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Live virtual training sessions customized to your departments needs.

These sessions are the ideal add-on to your department’s online training package. Your group would have a live session with our instructors to go over the key points of the course and discuss how the concepts might apply directly to your department or operations. This is a great opportunity to discuss any unique challenges you may be facing and to allow your members to ask any follow-up questions they have. A recording of the session is included.

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Hybrid In-Person & Online Custom Programs

Any of our training programs can be customized to meet your department’s needs.

Please contact us for department and group custom program inquiries.

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We offer:

  • Hybrid - in-person/online combined training packages. This allows for cost savings and the benefits of online training (link to that section), and it allows you to have members complete the seminar portion in advance to maximize hands-on training time with our instructors.
  • Custom-length in-person training seminars and Keynotes from 1 - 8 hours.
  • Custom live on-line training sessions specific to your department’s unique challenges
  • Consulting


Why Choose Online Training?

Include more of your members at their convenience

Eliminates overtime costs for attendees

Eliminate instructor travel fees

Complete in advance of Hands-on to maximize on-site training time

Track your members’ progress with biweekly progress reports

Class won’t conflict with district coverage or emergency calls

Eliminate any pandemic-related health/ safety precautions

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What People Are Saying

This is a phenomenal course. As a newer firefighter, it has given me ideas and goals to work towards in an effort to improve my performance on the job, but also that of my colleagues. It is simple, straight forward advice that I believe can easily gain buy in from most fellow firefighters that have a passion for this career.
Gregory Sowl
Incredible training. Every firefighter should be take this course. It is motivational, eye opening, and exactly on point. Thank you.
Tim Lambert
Thanks Nick, very well organized and informative program
James Courtice
Great info.
Chad Herdt
Great material!
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Tactical Use & Positioning of Aerial Apparatus

Have questions about the training program?

We offer multiple formats of this course. Our team can answer your questions and help book your training so your team can be Combat Ready.