Rookie Sidekick Power Hose Roller Tested In Texas

Instructors put the Rookie Sidekick gasoline-engine driven hose winder to the test.
Instructors at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas, put the Rookie Sidekick gasoline-engine driven hose winder to the test.

Deschutes River Manufacturing recently demonstrated its power fire hose rollers for 400 industrial firefighters from across the U.S. at the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas. The company also donated two of its power hose rollers with portable stands, and a reloader to the facility’s Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI).

The Brayton Fire Training Field is the largest fueled live-fire training facility and most comprehensive emergency response training complex in the world. Last year, 90,000 students received training at the facility. According to ESTI, the Rookie Sidekick hose rollers have been in almost continuous daily use since they were donated.

David Johnston, Deschutes River Manufacturing owner and creator of the Rookie line of power hose rollers, demonstrated use of the products and was available as a consultant throughout the week-long training school. Instructors at Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) X invited Johnston to participate after seeing his machines at the Fire Department Instructors Conference & Exhibition (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind.

“Our students and clients have grown accustomed to quality training, which would not be possible without support such as yours,” wrote TEEX director Robert L. Smith in a letter thanking Deschutes River Manufacturing for the donation.

Deschutes River Manufacturing contributed a Rookie Sidekick 6-inch LDH (RSLDH6) and Rookie Sidekick Gas (RSG) hose roller, as well as two portable stands and a reloader. The Rookie Sidekick LDH6 quickly and safely rolls up to 6-inch hose, while the Rookie Sidekick Gas rolls up to 3-inch hose. The Rookie Reloader rack transforms the portable stand into an efficient hose handling system, allowing firefighters to effortlessly transport rolled hoses and reduce the labor needed to re-load hose back on to engines.

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