Central Oregon Manufacturer Rolls Out New Equipment for Firefighting Industry

BEND, OR -- The Deschutes River Manufacturing (DRM) RookieTM and Rookie SidekickTM products continue to save firefighters time and energy by alleviating the backbreaking task of hand rolling fire hoses.

In response to requests from wild land fire agencies and tested by firefighters on the job, and developed by an experienced machinist, the Rookie is a motorized, portable, easy to operate and compact hose roller. It fits in the back of a pickup truck and rolls hundred-foot sections of hose in less than 30 seconds. The OSHA inspected Rookie is available in single or double mandrel units with either a 1.5HP electric motor or 5.5HP Honda engine and significantly reduces labor and saves time both in the field and at the station.

The Rookie SideKick is a smaller, ultra-portable version of the Rookie weighing less than 150 pounds. Requested by the U.S. Forest Service for its lightweight, it mounts on any vehicle receiver hitch or rack of an ATV. It is available in three models, a 110-volt, the equipment of choice for municipal fire stations, a 12-volt and a Honda gas engine with an optional portable stand. The Rookie SideKick