5 Non-Traditional Uses for Fire Hoses

Fire Hose for Water SportsWhen you think of fire hoses, do you think of versatility? Many people may be under the impression there’s only one thing to do with fire hoses and fire hose products: Fight fires.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Lobster Traps: The outer jackets of fire hoses  have been sold to the lobster industry in Maine to protect their traps.
  5. 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.

About The Author: Keith Eriksen

Keith has been the president of Rawhide Fire Hose for nearly 20 years. He is a member of the Wooster Township Fire Department and serves with the Wayne County Underwater Search and Rescue unit. He has extensive knowledge of valves and hydraulics from years of experience in the oil and natural gas production business.In addition to being an avid scuba diver with master diver endorsements he is also an instrument rated private pilot, certified for high performance and complex aircraft.He enjoys landscape and gardening work, gourmet cooking, spending time with his (grown) children and traveling with his wife, Vicki.

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