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SDTDC Employee Awarded Patent[photo] Joe Fleming with a fire hose roller

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded Joe Fleming of the San Dimas Technology and Development Center (SDTDC) a patent for his improved fire hose roller. Fleming is a mechanical engineering technician at the center. His design uses a hub with multiple tines that can be added or removed to adapt the roller to various hose sizes and end connections. Existing rollers can be easily retrofitted to this new adaptable design. Firefighters have found that the redesigned roller is durable, reliable, and simple to operate.

The Forest Products Laboratory, which assisted in the patent application, is trying to locate a manufacturer interested in adding the roller to its fire equipment product line.

For more information on the improved fire hose roller, contact Joe Fleming, mechanical engineering technician (phone: 909–599–1267, ext. 263; e-mail:

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