IPAF is launching a special course for aerial lifts used for fighting fires. The new category, which will kick–off in the Netherlands as a pilot project, with the intention to roll out internationally at a later date.
The course is aimed at all fire fighters who operate rescue vehicles including aerial work platforms and ladder trucks. It was initiated in response to the request of several fire brigades for a standard fire fighting course tailored to their specific needs.
The MEWP fire fighting course takes a total of three days. The first day is for theory and practical sessions with the instructor. The second day is for practical sessions and practice without the instructor. The third day is for more practical time, followed by the examination with the instructor.
Successful candidates will be awarded a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) with the category Static Boom (1b) Special – Fire. Courses will be held at the facilities of Dutch fire brigades using specific machines that are normally based at the fire station.
The first training centre to offer the MEWP fire fighting course is Van Asten Rescue Training, of Roermond, southern Holland. The company is owned and operated by Jeroen van Asten who is a former fire fighting MEWP operator and a certified IPAF instructor.