And while that’s absolutely their main job, a lot of creative people have come up with some really interesting non-traditional uses for fire hoses.
Check out some of our favorites:
- Jetovator Water Bikes: Instead of skiing on the water, how about hovering above it? It’s possible with the Jetovator, a water sports accessory that combines a watercraft with a fire hose. With the help of a fire hose, the Jetovator redirects water thrust from the jet into a 40-foot hose. That thrust then “propels and elevates” the watercraft into the air. From there, the rider can maneuver the Jetovator in all kinds of directions, performing stunts while riding on air and water. Want more? Check out this incredible video.
- Fun for Orangutans: The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens uses Rawhide fire hose in a pretty creative way, by stringing them up in the International Orangutan Center. The fire hoses are the perfect tools to let the orangutans play, swing and just hang out, putting on an interesting show for patrons.
- Workout Ropes: The Just Jump It Fitness company in California uses the outer jackets of fire hoses to protect their exercise ropes from chaffing and wearing out. Fire hoses are also used as battling ropes in CrossFit training.
- Lobster Traps: The outer jackets of fire hoses have been sold to the lobster industry in Maine to protect their traps.
- Art: Fire hoses and the many components and products that go with them have been used by artists to make their creations.
We’re just scratching the surfaces of the unusual ways fire hoses are used everyday. What are some other non-traditional uses of fire hose you’ve seen or heard of? Let us know in the comments below.