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BY JOHN F. "SKIP" COLEMAN, TECHNICAL EDITOR Life was simpler when I first started fighting fires. We had four sizes of fire hose to choose from to do everything we needed to do (not including hard and soft suction hose). On the back of the engine, we had three-inch, 2½-inch, 1½-inch, and booster line. You knew you had a worker when the first-in officer told another engine company, "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 the Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue, and water damage and water conservation because of insufficient water were almost ne...

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