Our assistant chief is the manager for our water system. He is reluctant to let us pump from a hydrant due to the strength of the lines. He's afraid someone inexperienced will let the vaccum drop too low and collapse a line. If we were to use a plug he wants either himself or me on the pump. We usually use a tanker shuttle using plugs for a fill point.
We have a 1500 gallon tanker and use mutual aid for the shuttle. We have a 2000, 2500 and 3500 gallon tankers available from neighboring departments. If necessary we can use dump tanks with the shuttle.