Riker Rope Roller

Modern reels have allowed firefighters to store, organize, deploy and retrieve a variety of equipment. From breathing air lines to booster hose, reels make the job faster and easier. Photo by John G. Riker The Rope Roller stores search...


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  1. Obtain a length of plastic PVC pipe.
  2. Cut a window in the side of the pipe.
  3. Secure both ends with caps.
  4. Drill holes in each cap and insert a piece of PVC pipe one inch longer than the base. This will act as a spool to wind the rope on.
  5. Fasten tees on both ends.
  6. Drill a hole in the spool. Insert the rope and secure it with a knot.
  7. Attach a handle.
  8. Clearly label the amount of rope that is on the roller. Place a company ID tag on the end of the line.

John G. Riker, a 32-year veteran of the fire service, is captain of Newark, NJ, Fire Department Truck 1. He is a New Jersey state-certified instructor, and a member of the instructional staff of the Newark Fire Department Division of Training and the Passaic County Fire Training Academy. Riker is a general partner in Emergency Training Associates, LLC, a fire service consulting firm.