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    They have to climb the ladder in full turnouts and go "up and over and down again"! Both the aerial climb and the auditorium raise a requirements for graduation.
    We had to do that drill! By the time I got to the top, I was so scared I had to use one hand to lift my leg over the top of the ladder! By the time I got to the bottom again, my fear was cured. It was a confidence building drill that sure worked for me.

    Like everyone says, get as much practice time in as you can before the test. One final suggestion: If you have a choice, be the first in line so you don't get a chance to stand around, think about the drill, and get all worked up about it.

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    Thanks for all of the tips guys! Unfortunately, I'm not on a department yet, so I don't have access to an aerial to practice on... and I think if I went down the street and asked the guys at the firehouse if they'd pull the truck out for me and set it up so I can climb it, they'd remove my application from the file cabinet. So... I'll see if I can maybe set up a ladder in the shop at work again, and climb it again. I'm guessing the aerials are much more solid feeling than an aluminum extension ladder, so if I can do this one, I think it'll help greatly with the truck on test day.

    Thanks again guys!

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    If you did a ride-along with a truck company (especially one that wasn't as busy) and told them your situation, I bet they would be happy to raise the stick so you could climb. I would also bet that most of the other guys on the truck would climb up to give you some pointers on climbing technique. I was in the same boat and a truck crew asked me if I ever had climbed an aerial, I said no, they asked if I wanted to, and I did. It was great.

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    I haven't asked EVERYONE, but I have asked around a bit in my area and it sounds like most departments shy away from ride-alongs now for "Insurance Reasons"...

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    Well, after some lengthy searching, I found a pretty good link to a view-from-the-top.

    http://www.fullcircleimaging.com/industry/virttours.htm

    Just out of curiosity, how stable is it up there? Is that bucket moving around a lot?

    And thank you all again for all of your replies!

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    Well that all depends on hpw windy it is, and if the operator keeps moving around or not



    Originally posted by Ratchet
    Well, after some lengthy searching, I found a pretty good link to a view-from-the-top.

    http://www.fullcircleimaging.com/industry/virttours.htm

    Just out of curiosity, how stable is it up there? Is that bucket moving around a lot?

    And thank you all again for all of your replies!

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