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bucket brigade

a line of persons formed to extinguish a fire by passing on buckets of water quickly from a distant source.
any group of persons who cooperate to help cope with an emergency.
Origin of bucket brigade
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The second part of the museum program includes a hands-on bucket brigade, weather permitting.
  • The fire extinguishers were much more effective than the bucket brigade.
  • The engine was filled with water by a bucket brigade.
  • Recreate a bucket brigade, and use the view to connect the past with the present.
  • Students enjoy an hour-long history program at the museum led by park staff, including a bucket brigade.
  • Ready and waiting for action the members of the bucket brigade.
  • Being without fire hose of any kind, a bucket brigade would be formed and the fire put out in that manner, if and when possible.
  • In the high-solids digester the bucket brigade is in a state of disorganization.
  • Accordingly, a volunteer bucket brigade was organized.
  • They desperately formed a bucket brigade while others ran to another fire station to get working equipment.

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