I was recently on the phone with a friend from a neighboring fire department and we got on the subject of laying in at a structure fire. My department practices first in engine laying in his practices second in engine laying in. I am looking for feed back. I am thinking about reccomending to my department having the second in engine lay in. looking for good feedback.

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exactly makes even more sense for the first due to lay out in my eyes. If they go up the street and break down will the second due even have room to lay to them? This way you can at least pump through them as they become a big manifold.
In our department the fires due engine lays in and lets second due set up water supply! that way the LDH is ready to go...especially if it is back a long lane! Time saved as far as I'm concerned!
Our S.O.P. has the second due Engine secure a water supply, however we are given broad lattitude if the first due Engine laying in can ensure a better outcome of the incident. Our County F.D. covers everything from dense urban areas to desolate wilderness. Tactics that may work great where Stations are close together won't always work when your second in Engine is coming fom a distance. Using good judgement should always be rule #1. It also helps to have Chiefs, like ours, that don't have their crews blindly follow the S.O.P.s.
... and the National Guard on standby ... :-)
If there's smoke or fire showing.......ALWAYS LAY IN. That's from department I retired from. The one I work at now....second in tender has water.

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