Who orderes the intial attack line?
There has been some debate in my fire house about who should be the one to order the first line into operation at structure fires. There are two camps. One believes it is the responsibility of the company officer or chief, depending on who arrives first and has command. In this case, the IC determines the strategy (not necessarily verbalized, of course) and orders the line into operation accordance to the tactics he chooses.
The other camp believes that the nozzle firefighter should chose which line to pull, and where to stretch to, assisted by the driver/operator. The feeling is that he has been to enough fires and should know which line to pull and where to stretch it to. The other reasoning is that this allows for the IC to focus on "other" stuff, such as his 360, etc..
In my opinion, the correct selection and placement of the initial attack line is crucial at most fires we go to. At many fires, this is pretty straightforward, and at some, it's not. Who's decision should this ultimately be left up to? The nozzleman, or the officer/IC?