Rawhide Fire Hose Blog

4 Types of Indian Pumps to Fight Forest and Brush Fires

  Designed to help firefighters battle forest, brush, grass and rubbish fires, the Indian pump provides consistent water flow without operator fatigue. Initially developed by The Fountainhead Group – D.B. Smith in 1920, the Indian water pump gave firefighters the mobility they needed to suppress fire fast. Indian backpack fire pumps have come a long […]

Indian Fire Pumps

Get Connected: Choosing the Right Fire Hose Fitting for the Job

  A reliable hose connection is critical when fighting fire. Understanding which fitting is appropriate for the job is the first step in selecting the correct fire hose connectors and adapters. Fire hose end connectors, commonly referred to as couplings, are made from cast brass or extruded aluminum, which is then hard-coated. They are mechanically […]

Fire Hose Fitting

What Does “Made in the U.S.A.” Really Mean?

  You’ve heard the phrase used before, but what does it really mean for you, the consumer? When a company puts the “Made in the USA” label on its products, that’s an important claim. In the eyes of consumers, it plays on patriotic emotions in a big way, as it should! However, it is very […]

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Car 54, Where Are You? The 19 Locations of Rawhide Fire Hose

  If you remember this television sitcom of the early 1960’s, then we are of the same vintage. Rawhide Fire Hose shares part of its name with another show from that time period—“Rawhide”, staring Clint Eastwood. In fact, when you call team Rawhide Fire Hose and are placed on hold, you will be treated to […]

Location

“The Right Stuff”: Rawhide’s President Reflects on Meeting Astronaut John Glenn

“The Right Stuff”: John Glenn Passes Away at Age 95 American hero, statesman, veteran, and fellow pilot passed away in Columbus, Ohio this past Thursday following a brief hospital stay. All of the news feeds offer highlights of Senator Glenn’s life and illustrious career.   I had met the senator and spoke with him at […]

Astronaut Glenn

A Tale of Two Jacket Liners: Polyurethane and EPDM Rubber

For the best of times, educate yourself on the difference between polyurethane and EPDM liners so you can save time and money on your application!   Single and double jacket fire hoses are essentially an inner liner or tube encased within one or two layers of canvas or polyester covering. EPDM rubber is commonly found […]

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The Great Baltimore Fire: Setting the Standards

The Great Baltimore Fire and how a disaster set the standards in the fire industry. What does a great fire that was extinguished over 112 years ago have to do with today’s fire hose?   In 1904, Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States, Henry Ford and his partner had incorporated the Ford Motor […]

Hydrants, thread standardization

Single and Double Jacket Fire Hose: What’s the Difference?

Single Jacket and Double Jacket Fire Hose—What’s the Difference? A guide for beginners. Besides the number of polyester jackets, what is the difference between these two fire hoses? Knowing the distinction is essential to determining what is best for your project and application. If you are new to buying hoses, it may surprise you to […]

EPDM liner

What Are Custom Length Hoses Used For?

What Are Custom Length Hoses Used For? Custom length hoses, better known in the industry as shorties, pup or pony lengths, are hoses that are not categorized in the standard footage of 50’, 75’, or 100’. So, what are they used for? When you find yourself in a close-quarters situation, such as a pumper truck […]

When to Use Washdown Hose

When to Use Washdown Hose Is Washdown Hose Right for My Application? If you’re in need of hose that can withstand wear and tear, we usually suggest a washdown hose. Known for its durability, this type of hose will hold up in rough conditions, including outdoor use. For washdowns, we recommend a flexible, lightweight, rubber-covered […]

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