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Roundtable: Booster Line as Attack Line

By John "Skip" Coleman Life was simpler when I first started firefighting. We had we had four sizes of fire hose to choose from to do everything we needed done (not including hard and soft suction hose). On the back of the engine we had 3-inch, 2 ½-inch, 1 ½-inch, and booster line. You knew you had a worker when the first-in officer told another engine company to 'Lay Two"  (It was a really big fire when you were told to go back to the hydrant after you laid in to "pump from the plug.")  Water was not an issue in Toledo and water damage was almost never considered, nor was water conservation due to insufficient water.  When I was a young lieutenant,...

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