The Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire How a city rose from the ashes and changed fire codes for the better   On October 8th, 1871 the city of Chicago was devoured by one of the worst fires in U.S. history. At the time, the city boasted a population of nearly 30,000, a figure that would triple a […]

A Brief History of Fire Hose

And the Evolution of Fire Protection Engineering We’re all about fire hose here at Rawhide, but have you ever wondered what their history is? Learning about how we went from ox gut to the powerhouse double jacket attack hose is essential to understanding fire protection engineering and garners an appreciation for the inventors of the […]

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