Is anyone placing pump operators panel on passenger side of engine. Top mount out due to space reqmts.
Top mount all the way, I love being up and having a birds eye view of all the stuff going on around me.
We have one of each: Our tanker is a side mount, our engine a top mount and our new mini attack is a rear mount. They all have pros and cons. I happen to like the side mount most, mostly b/c getting up into the top mount with my damn short legs is a pain in the butt. But you can't beat the view from up there or the safer location. Also with the winters up here in VT, those steps can be lethal! I've used the side mount the most. Everything at eye level, with the truck between me and traffic. I don't care for the rear mount much, but it's new to us - about 2 months, and I haven't worked much with that truck since I am the primary driver/operator for our tanker and if I'm not doing that, I'm interior.
In the 35 years I was active in Vermont I operated front mount and midship, front mounts were fine if you were drafting lake, river or a pond or hydrant, I'm not crazy about rear mount kind of leaves your pump operator out for an accident unless it is covered by another piece of apparatus, now a top mount have the best advantage of all they can see the whole scene. Now a midship pump that can keep you on your toes, now if by chance you end up at a scene and the panel is on the opposite side things I think it can make you a better operator by way of following commands over the radio rather than being told face to face. So sometimes the disvantage is better in the long run than the advantage. Being in Vermont or anywhere across the northern states in the winter can be very cold on a top mount truck, midships can be cold but you can get more heat from a midship.