tiller sight lines


In the old days, the tiller operator maneuvered the trailer in the open air with no tiller cab and unobstructed views. Today, the NFPA requires that all firefighters must be seated inside an enclosed cab while riding on a fire apparatus.

Good sight lines are extremely important for the tiller operator and should be safeguarded as much as possible during the design phase. The three areas that impact the tiller operator sight lines are the windows, the tip of the aerial, and compartment height.

The tiller operator should have an unobstructed view through the front windshield when maneuvering the trailer.  Some manufacturers today have eliminated the A-pillars as part of the front windshield of the tiller cab thus providing greater visibility. A better panoramic view is provided as well as views down the sides of the trailer. (Click to enlarge)