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Thanks to fire buff extaordinaire Vito Maggiolo for passing along this video posted on Facebook Saturday by the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum. Enjoy!

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  • Mike

    Cool video! That was “leather lunging” at it’s best!

  • John Woods

    What a novel concept – Laying a line, Those guys understood how important it was even back then – some departments of nowadays should catch a clue!

  • Volunteer for life

    Thats how u lay in city boyz!

    • Fedup

      I don’t understand? City boys? Where I work the city lays out and the county just screams on the radio to bring em water…city fire departments need to lay out because the streets are tighter…

  • oldman1

    I came on the job in the early sixties and experienced a lot of the things that the young firefighters today will never see or do. I was fortunate to come through my early years without serious injury but still inhaling a lot of smoke as my company didn’t get SCBA’s till around 1967 and then it was only 2 per engine company. I saw the fire service evolve into a much safer profession through the years and am amazed how it is still changing for the better with tools,personal protective equipment and fireground tactics since i retired some years ago.

  • slackjawedyokel

    Notice how every one moves with a purpose. This was when it was still a true blue collar job and most that hired on, already had a actual work history.

  • Harry Rampe

    The good old days!I joined our department in 1967 and that is how we fought fires.Today I drive the young kids around and try to help them learn.

  • ukfbbuff

    Hey Dave thanks for the video and link to FB.

    Looks like it was made in the late 60’s or 70’s going by the MSA helmet style.

    As can be readily seen “Transitional Fire Attack” occurred back then.

    But as “oldman1″ says, “inhaling a lot of smoke”.

    I was growing up around the firehouse back then and remember a lot of similar stuff.

    And “slack” is correct about “previous work history”. A lot of the firefighters I grew up around were WW II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans and had other jobs before becoming a firefighter.

  • mark

    Very cool vid.

    Those were firemen.

  • cbj

    This is exactly as I remember it in the 60’s and 70’s. 2.5″ “hydrant lines” were laid directly from the hydrant and a smooth-bore nozzle screwed on, the pump used mostly when the deck gun was used or in the hill section were pressure was low. Off the hill the pressure was 80 to 120 psi. Booster lines were used for marginal jobs, usually 1 off each engine, tanks were only 250 gallons. 1 “Scott” for most engines. But they did the job well. Fire attack was exactly what you see here-transitional as commented on here. Rubber coats, MSA and Bullard “hard boiled” helmets…and open-cab apparatus. I LOVE this old stuff! Firehouse life was different then. Street boxes, old switchboards, “resuscitator” calls and all day dump fires. I think there are more false alarms today from modern systems than there was the intentionally pulled street box!