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Ever notice a brick-lined circle embedded into a street intersection? Keep an eye out and you'll see them throughout San Francisco. As part of the San Francisco Fire Department's Auxiliary Water Supply System, these brick circles indicate a cistern full of water. Join SFFD's Chief Ken Lombardi and Firefighter Hashim Anderson as they discuss the history and function of these cisterns, and demonstrate the drafting procedures used to access the water. Video: Exploratorium

HT Ray McCormack of Urban Firefighter, http://www.fireengineering.com/urbanfirefighter.html

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Comment by Samuel Villani, III on September 17, 2014 at 12:35pm

The history of San Francisco, and it's fire service solutions to the problems that face such a unique geographical location for a city are beyond genius. Thanks for sharing.

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