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Mastering the aerial apparatus

They are big and expensive. But whether you need safe access to a commercial roof, rescue routes to top floors or an elevated master stream, the aerial rig is the way to go. Here are four stories to help you understand these giants and one piece that looks at what your peers are running.

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