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A Brief History of Fire Hose

We’re all about fire hose here at Rawhide, but have you ever wondered what their history is? You should! Learning about how we went from ox gut to the power house double jacket attack hose is essential to understanding fire engineering and garners an appreciation for the inventors of the ages and those who risked […]

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 […]

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

What type of fitting do you need for your 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 […]

Quick Connect 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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Location Location Location. The 19 Locations of Rawhide Fire Hose

Location is everything! Buying a house or searching for something you need, especially if there is a sense of urgency makes location an important factor. Rawhide Fire Hose, where are you? Your website indicates shipping from 19 locations, so, what’s the deal? Rawhide Fire Hose is headquartered in Wooster, Ohio and is our customer service […]

Rawhide Fire Hose Corporate Office in Wooster, Ohio

“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 Fire Hose 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

How to Choose Between Single and Double Jacket Hose

Knowing the distinction between single and double jacket fire hoses is essential to determining what is best for your project and application. If you are new to buying hoses, it may surprise you to learn that although there are attributes that set these hoses apart, their construction is quite similar. Before you understand their differences, […]

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 […]

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