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Roundtable: Fire Attack and Water Supply

By John "Skip" Coleman I remember having discussions with the shift commander (deputy chief) who was stationed at my house when I was a lieutenant in the early ‘80s about my engine laying a supply line in at a working fire. We were a busy inner-city engine company and because we were located in the old part of the city, every station around us (everyone had as a minimum an engine assigned) was approximately one mile away (That was about the maximum distance a horse could run at full gallop pulling a wood-fueled fire pumper. Anyway, I digress!) The chief insisted that we lay a supply line in anytime I saw smoke or fire. I insisted that if I got reports of people trapped, I would ...

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