- May 10, 2019
Most fire houses built before the 1970's had hose towers to dry out the cotton hose before returning it to use. In NYC, however, there are many old fire houses and the pictures don't seem to show hose towers. How was the hose dried in those days ? Many of them are also three or four stories tall which seems like too much space for a fire house crew. Was the extra floor used to hang the hose for drying or did it have some other purpose ?