At my FD I am one of the Truck Officers and our apparatus is a 1988 LTI 75 ft rear mount straight stick with a prepiped waterway. There are some "nozzle heads"(Eng Co members) who would like to use the aerial as just a water thrower, but time and time again we prove to them that we are far more than just that. We are striving to fully utilize our apparatus at every opportunity to show that we are more than just a "water thrower" and slowly we are winning the heart of the FD. It is a struggle here because we are fighting alot of culture, tradition, and miseducation when it comes to respect for true "Truckmanship," but we are slowly wearing those "hose jockies" down. I respect the need for a good Eng Co and I understand that on any scene, we all have a role to play. We just really have to define and demand the true respect that each role deserves.
At our Department, I am a Driver Engineer, and have an Engine and a 50 foot Telesqurt. I drive and operate both units ( One at a time, LOL ). I was at the station when we had received the Squrt, In the past we have done some minor rescues. But with the transfer of command ( Upper management and Training Department ) We have seem to be forgetting the Options that a Aerial Device can do. I have done some rescue training with it, and had been told not to. But I'm still trying to show different options on useage.
Our primary roll on our initial response is rescue and ventilation. We concentrate the use of our ladder for that, at what ever point the water pipe may need to be put into that service roll we certainly do, but rescue and ventilation is the typical priority.