A lighter and more compact electric hose reel for the DFES

4 February 2022

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) operates 24/7 to protect the WA community and respond to natural disasters and emergencies. We do our part to help the DFES by supplying their fleet with the best equipment to fight fires – our Real Ezy Hose Reels.

Problem

On the DFES Light Tankers – bush fire response vehicles built from Toyota Landcruisers – space comes at a premium. When space can be saved on the equipment it’s a major help to the bodybuilders building the vehicles and the firefighters using them.

With this in mind, we were tasked with making our Hose Reels lighter and more compact – without compromising on the strength, durability, or performance that makes them so effective.

Solution

Our standard design electric hose reels feature a high-performance electric motor mounted on the outside of the reel. To reduce the footprint of the reel we mounted this motor on the inside. We designed a more compact 90-degree swivel that takes up less space and keeps the inlet hose close to the reel. And with other small modifications to the reel, we were also able to reduce weight without compromising strength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result

This upgraded hose reel design is now in use on DEFS fire units. With zero compromise on performance, the new reel fits into smaller spaces and allows for more equipment and water to be added to the Tanker.

This reel has also been adopted by water truck bodybuilders we work with, and in custom water trailers used in agriculture. It’s proving to be quite popular!

Check out our range of electric rewind hose reels here, or get in touch for a custom request.

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