Classroom Day 1


Developing the Mindset of an Offensive Aerial Operator

Success or failure on the fire ground for a ladder company is often measured by how well an aerial operator initially positions the apparatus. Ladder truck placement at an emergency scene is often the "make or break" moment for any operator. The individual skills and abilities of the aerial apparatus operator can dictate how successful a truck company will be in achieving their goals at a fire scene. Aerial apparatus are typically placed to allow members to work offensively in order to affect a rescue, gain entry to the upper floors of a structure, or to access the roof for vertical ventilation operations. These concepts seem pretty simple and straight forward, but often we find that the actual execution at a fire scene can quickly become much more difficult. This class aims to prepare aerial operators to be able to systematically approach an emergency scene in order to achieve an effective apparatus placement that will allow the ladder crew to make a positive impact on the outcome of any emergency.

Your Instructor

Nicholas Esposito

Nick Esposito is a second generation firefighter who started his fire service career in 1989, with a small volunteer fire department in his hometown of Verplanck, New York. He began his professional firefighting career in 1996, working for the Town of Rye Brook, New York Fire Department, a suburb outside of New York City. In 1999 he was hired by the Bridgeport, Connecticut Fire Department, and has worked his way up to through the ranks, taking on many line and staff functions, and currently serves as the Captain of their Rescue Company. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Nick is the owner of Truck Tactics Training, and teaches on the regional and national level. He has published articles related to aerial apparatus operations and building construction, both online and in trade journals. He can be found posting truck company related information on his Facebook and InstaGram pages Truck_Tactics, as well as at He is also a co-founder of the Facebook page, Truck Floor Training.