30-Day Trial Available for World's Only Motorized Portable Fire Hose Rollers

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Deschutes River Manufacturing offers tryout of The Rookie Sidekick line of portable motorized fire hose rollers. Firefighting professionals including wildland, municipal and industrial fire suppression organizations pay only the cost of shipping the equipment and may put it through the paces without any obligation to buy. These products may be purchased with funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

Deschutes River Manufacturing, creator of the world's only portable motorized fire hose rollers, has introduced a 30-day trial program for firefighting professionals to tryout The Rookie Sidekick hose rollers and The Rookie Reloader. Wildland, municipal and industrial fire suppression organizations pay only the cost of shipping the equipment and may put it through the paces without any obligation to buy.

David Matthews, assistant chief of the East Bend, North Carolina V.F.D., explains why his department purchased The Rookie Sidekick 5-inch Gas LDH after participating in the 30-day trial program: "The first time we used The Rookie I had no question that this was a piece of equipment our department needed. The Rookie hose roller is great when you are dealing with long hose lays and hose tests. It's helpful in both the manpower issues and just plain time issues that most departments face."

Products available for the 30-day trial program include The Rookie Sidekick, The Rookie Sidekick LDH (5- and 6-inch models), the new Rookie Sidekick AIO and the companion Rookie Reloader. All Sidekick models are available with either a Honda gas engine or Baldor electric motor. Larger electric models feature variable-speed controls.

The Rookie was invented as the solution to backbreaking hours of hand rolling and storing fire hose, saving manpower and reducing the risk of injury on the scene or at the station. The Rookie motorized hose rollers are now being used by fire suppression agencies and firefighters from Texas to Canada, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, power utilities, municipal fire departments, and in the petroleum and chemical industries.

Deschutes River Manufacturing's motorized hose rollers have proven to be so useful the line has expanded to accommodate a variety of hose sizes and fire suppression scenarios.

The Rookie Sidekick is a small, powerful motorized hose roller with a direct drive system that requires minimal effort to operate. It weighs less than 150 pounds, making it ultra-portable and easy to mount on any vehicle trailer hitch receiver or ATV rack.

The Rookie Sidekick LDH Series, which includes 5-inch and 6-inch models, is specifically constructed to handle large-diameter fire hose. It mounts on any hitch receiver, making it portable, safe and easy to operate.

The Rookie Sidekick AIO (All-In-One), the newest in the line-up, rolls up any size hose up to and including 6-inch simply by moving two pins.

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 http://www.the-rookie.com or call 541-480-5967 or 877-868-1951.

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