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1847 Hose Jumper Hand-Drawn

Our hose jumper is believed to have been purchased around 1847 to run with our first gooseneck pumper. The reel between the wheels could carry a few hundred feet of 2½” hose. If you look closely, you can see two axes mounted over the axle. The black box at the rear carried tools. The two playpipes standing up at the rear are nozzles to be attached to the hoses and direct water on the fire. The hose jumper carried the hose into which the hand pumper would pump water.This apparatus was hand-drawn. The ropes could be extended to accommodate as many firefighters as were available to pull. The hose jumper is still in the Company’s possession