Looking for answer to coffee table debate I had the other day.
First, Is there any standards out there that state that the driver should be elevated and off the road when pumping. I can not find anything like that in 1901 or 1500 except for quints needing a pull out step because of grounding when the aerial is up.
Next, I cant find many other urban cities with top mount pumps. We have tight streets and alot of hills. We have been specifying top mount pumps since 86. Recently we have been specing trying to shorten our apparatus. The results were higher hosebeds,crosslays, and loss of the the front bumper and a shorter rear step. Also with the raised cabs and ladder racks, the old pro of a 360 view is no longer a pro.
I myself would prefer a side mount pump. The top mount pump causes the driver to get lazy in their positioning, they no longer position to protect. The top mount has the driver get up and down several times at a fire, this also happens to be our number one injury on the job. And the top mount increases the length, causing us to sacrifice hosebeds, crosslay heights, etc.. The side mount shortens the pumper keeps things low, and if the driver positions short or past the fire building, all he or she has to do is take a few steps back and they should be able to see the building.
Well, if anyone knows of any standards, pleas let me know. Also lets hear what you prefer, and be sure to state what type of topograghy you have.