Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Rookie Sidekick All-In-One Updated

The Rookie Sidekick All-In-One Portable Motorized Fire Hose Roller Now Rolls Any Size Fire Hose Up To 7-1/4 Inch Diameter

(Bend, OR) Deschutes River Manufacturing has improved its widely used portable motorized fire hose roller, The Rookie Sidekick All-In-One (AIO). By simply moving two pins, the updated AIO instantly adjusts to roll hose of any diameter, from 1-1/2 to 7-1/4 inches.

"We used the Rookie SideKick rollers during clean up duties last week and it was phenomenal," says Nancy Koerperich, division chief and director of fire training at the CAL FIRE Training Academy in Ione, near Sacramento, Calif. "A job that usually takes all day with a crew of six was cut down to four hours with a team of two. It was great."

In recent months, The Rookie SideKick fire hose rollers have been purchased by wildland, municipal and industrial customers, including ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Complex, Marathon Oil Garyville (La.) Refinery, Butte County (Calif.) Fire & Rescue, the National Interagency Fire
Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, Bend (Ore.) Fire & Rescue, Pratt & Whitney Fire Department in East Hartford, Ct. and others.

"To accommodate the needs of our industrial customers and larger municipal departments, we've improved The Rookie Sidekick All-In-One (AIO) to handle up to 7-1/4 diameter fire hose," explains David Johnston, owner of Deschutes River Manufacturing. "Even with these big, heavy hoses, a single firefighter can now quickly, safely and perfectly roll one hose length after another."

The Rookie Sidekick AIO hose rollers and The Rookie Reloader re-decking system are available to put through the paces without obligation to buy through a 30-day trial program. All Sidekick models are equipped with either a Honda gas engine or Baldor electric motor. Larger electric models feature variable-speed controls.

The Rookie Reloader is an optional re-loading rack that transforms the portable stand into an efficient hose handling system. The equipment allows firefighters to effortlessly transport rolled hoses and it reduces the labor needed to re-load hose back on to the engines.

The Rookie products are OHSA-inspected. All products can be ordered directly from Deschutes River Manufacturing, and the original Rookie units are available through the GSA system (GSA orders do not qualify for the 30-day trial). For more information, visit or call 541-480-5967 or toll free 877-868-1951.

Media Contact:
Harold Olaf Cecil, Ad HOC, 541-815-9829

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