Many departments still reverse lay. FDNY and Memphis come to mind.
Originally Posted by HBofCJ
It just depends on local protocol, staffing, station placement, and another of other factors. In my department, the first engine forward lays and the second engine pumps to them. Works for us..
Reverse laying also kept the entire Engine crew together. No dilution catching a plug going in. It also gave the officer the choice of pulling preconnects or going for a plug. The truckies ran the show. I guess all the water was just an after thought. But, tax dollars flowed back then and we were a very comfy ISO Class One. Lots of bodies. Not now.
What laws are you referring you? Aside from NFPA regulations, there are little-to-no federal laws that impact the American fire service. State and local laws, yes, but not federally. Heck, there are even differences in career (NFPA 1710) and volunteer (NFPA 1720) staffing recommendations.
What little feedback I receive now, since I'm out of it, is that the new FEDERAL laws, rules and regulation are designed to eliminate the backbone of the American Fire Service? The Volunteers, God bless them. Seems every year new roadblocks are presented to slow down new young people from volunteering? Too many rules and regulations? Maybe.
Are we better off? I suppose that's in the eye of the beholder. Whether we like it or not (or even embrace it), we're learning much more about the trade and its dangers. Many say that it's the pussification of the fire service, but I see it far differently - I love this job so much, I'll do whatever is necessary to ensure that I stay safe and get to enjoy my retirement for many years.
Again, I am very old school West Coast Fire Service. Big qualifier. The things we did routinely back then would get you fired instantly today. Again, my feeble question is....Are we better off today than we were say...40 years ago? I have lived the old stuff. Now beginning to see the new stuff. I keep asking myself what has happened?