Video: Texas college students unveil electric hose-rolling device

The West Texas A&M University students developed the device during a mechanical engineering class focused on solving a real-world problem

By FireRescue1 staff

CANYON, Texas — A group of college students has unveiled a device designed to speed the process of rolling up a firehose.

The West Texas A&M University students developed the device over a 16-week mechanical engineering “Advanced Mechanics and Design” class. The class focuses students on implementing actual designs; in this case, the device was built for the Randall County Fire Department with the goal of minimizing staffing needs for this fireground task.

As reported by, Hector Rivero-Figueroa, one of the students involved in the project, said the difference between this device and what many fire departments use to roll up hose is a more expensive hydraulic that is hard-wired into one truck. The new system is electrical and can be moved from one truck to another with relative ease, according to Rivero-Figueroa.

Rivero-Figueroa said the device will now be implemented in the Canyon Fire Department, and it could make its way to other departments, too.

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