Help! - Looking for word that describes "Bucket Brigade" in general terms

Posted by Doug Little on January 14, 2004

I'm looking for a word/phase that describes the concept of a "bucket brigade". My foriegn friends haven't ever heard this phrase before and I need something that's semi-universal.

For those of you who don't understand the concept. A bucket brigade was used in pre-fire engine America to put out house fires. Villagers would line up between the well/river and the burning house and pass full buckets to the fire and the empty buckets back.

The concept is that it's an organization scheme where each station does a task and then the work is moved on to the next station.

THoughts would be appreciated.