Firefighting is dirty, dangerous back-breaking work. After an aggressive attack on a fire, your personnel are often exhausted and fatigued. It is not uncommon for the worst injuries to occur during the overhaul and clean-up stages of a fire. The adrenaline is not there, but the need for heavy lifting is. This includes picking up and storing fire hose.
After much input from the fire service, Phenix Technology has re-engineered the Sidewinder to make it more efficient and cost effective. It no longer has a 1:1 gear box. It is 9” longer when folded up and you can now roll hose on the top or bottom guide. The construction materials are better quality than before.
The Sidewinder is a lightweight aluminum and stainless steel device that is designed to be mounted on fire apparatus for use at a fire scene. It can also be used in the station after the hose has been washed and dried. The fold-up design of the roller allows for it to be easily stored on apparatus when not in use. It is useful on hose diameters up to 3". It takes less than 20 seconds to roll up a 50’ section of hose and the firefighter can do it from a standing position. The hand crank makes for easy handling of the hose when it is wet or dry.
The unit has been field tested by both forestry and municipal firefighters under the most adverse conditions.