Be sure to read the recently released NIOSH report on certain types of aerials by clicking here: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/SafetyAdvisory05052008.html. The report concerns safety issues with aerial ladder trucks with locking (pin-anchored, lever actuated, clamped) waterways.
Also, we're always looking for new Quick Vote questions to post on the homepage of the Fire Engineering site. Quick Votes are those poll questions you see on the lefthand side of fireengineering.com. They're an interesting way to gauge reactions on fire service issues. If you've got a question you want to see up there, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Quick Vote" in the subject line.