We have the tendency to think of water primarily as a resource we consume or use to grow agriculture. Water is a life and land saver... and not only after a 5 mile run! Flashback to 1673 in Amsterdam where Jan van der Heyden is credited with fashioning the first fire hose out of 50-foot lengths of leather sewn together like a boot. The leather hose held together by copper rivets was introduced in Philadelphia around 1794. However, in most areas most fires were extinguished with buckets of water hauled to the scene until the mid 19th century.