11/23/13 71 W - + 10 - 9 Video - Tiller Versus Platform

Found via the FireNews.net Twitter feed, here's an interesting video that compares a tractor-drawn aerial ladder (or tiller) with a platform ladder. The two are compared in timed tests in deploying their aerial devices, and turning and manuevering their vehicles. The nine-minute video was posted by YouTube user Ted Collins.  There are a few nits worth picking, which we'll await as reader responses.

I don’t understand the point of this video. This is not an apples to apples comparison. Two totally different trucks with different key characteristics. I didn’t even watch the driving portion. There’s no need. A useful comparison would be how much quicker can an aerial be deployed vs. a large ground ladder but even then there would be difference in personal/crew preferences and situational differences favoring one over the other. I can say that the one this this vid proves is not to store a PPV fan in front of your aerial controls.
Bob - 11/23/13 - 23:36

This video shows a lot to, maybe, city/town council or a fire chief. It shows the argument of the benefits of a tiller vs. a bucket. Both has their advantages and disadvantages. I will take a tiller any day over a bucket because of what the video shows and past experiences. True statement about the PPV fan.
Shannon - 11/24/13 - 23:00

good point, Shannon. I wasn’t looking at it from that perspective, which does prove really enlightening to someone not familiar with performance characteristics….
Bob - 11/25/13 - 13:51

If the video also involved maneuverability through tight spaces and such, that would be extremely beneficial (if you were making a push for tiller pieces).
Silver - 11/25/13 - 18:52

Watch the whole video Silver.
Shannon - 11/25/13 - 22:21

Here’s a good tiller manueverability video from Seattle. http://youtu.be/QXcqFtPNLn8
Wants a tiller - 11/26/13 - 01:21

@Shannon, thanks! I saw the fan on the back bumper and punched out too early!
Silver - 11/26/13 - 01:34

The engineer operating the platform was obviously sandbagging. My assumption is the video was created by the department to compare what they have now to what they want/need to have as a replacement.
Rescue Ranger - 11/26/13 - 11:14

In regards to the Seattle video that shows the true difference between a tillerman and someone who sits in the rear to keep the trailer aligned with the tractor. Awesome driving. True talent. I know of some pump operators who couldn’t drive a pumper through those streets. Again, the difference between an engineer and a pump operator.
Rescue Ranger - 11/26/13 - 11:19

Well, as the resident lay person I was wondering why it took the guy so long to take that thing off the back of the ladder (didn’t realise it was a fan until after he got it off and put it on the ground)
Paul - 11/27/13 - 09:44

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