I'm just curious as to where your department runs its preconnected lines on the engine companies; crosslays or off the rear. Also, which do you prefer and why. I'll start.
My department runs with all of our lines coming off the back of the wagon. I prefer to have my lines coming off the back because they will not block any of the pump panel, thus making the chauffeur's job a little easier. Also, it is a little bit easier to pack lines in the hosebed rather than a crosslay. Finally, you can generally pack more hose in the section of bed for an attack line than you can a crosslay.