Question: Where did the term “fire plug” come from and how does it relate to today’s fire hydrants?
Answer: This phrase has been used for many years in the fire service. It refers back to the days when water mains in the ground were made of wood. When firefighters went to a fire, they would have to find the water main and dig a hole. Once they had access to the water main they would drill or chop a hole in the wood to retrieve water. The water would fill up the hole they dug and they would get the water out of the hole with buckets, (later firefighters would be able to draft out of this hole when technology in fire apparatus advanced).