Did you ever play "Pipe Dream?"

It was a Windows 3.1 game from 1991. The screen looked like this: 

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…and the purpose was to place enough properly-positioned pipe so as to not allow water to spill out. 

That's what today felt like. This entire week, in fact, will be spent on hoses, water supply, pump operations, etc. Given the multiple permutations of hydrant locations, where the engine is coming from, types of hose lays, couplings/appliances, and other variables, it seems a daunting task to try and keep it all straight—but we'll give it a hell of a shot. As it's been explained to me, once we have the basic ideas down, we can begin "putting the pieces together" to solve the water supply problem. 

And what a problem it can be. No two situations or locations are the same, but the required end result is the same: make sure you get water to your crew inside. 

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We pulled and re-racked the hose too many times to count today, and hooked up to the hydrants over and over again. Dragging all that shit around the drill yard can get exhausting, but it's only by sheer repetition that we'll be able to do this stuff in our sleep. We even ran through and around the burn building with some of our attack lines, just to get a feel for navigating with a hose line. 

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This whole week should be a lot of fun. As with every new skill that we learn, I look forward to our class being competent enough to follow a single order, such as "lay out" or "throw a ladder to that window," without having to be reminded about the step-by-step process. It'll just take time, and I'm excited to see it all culminate with Burn Week. 

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stephen miller
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Great job, brethren ... be bald (bold) even off the fire ground.
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John Struve
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As I read all the above I wondered "How does it work?" Are fire personnel asking for pledges from the public to be paid to this charity when the personnel have their heads shaved? The ad above was not clear to me. I will read it again. The charity is certainly a very worthwhile cause.…
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Jonny Hope
Farewell, brother.
So very well said Brother. Mike was such an awesome guy. Sure am gonna miss him and his stories. Mike touch so many people on and off the job. Mike will continue to live on in so many of us. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute with us about Mike. 
2013-12-04 21:49:48
Scott Jones
Farewell, brother.
A Very toching tribute from a true brother. Thoughts and prayers to his family and his brothers and sisters in DC.  Scott Jones, BC Springfield, MO
2013-12-04 19:38:25

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