Device for Pumping Out Hydrants A small portable, hand operated pump, for pumping water out of hydrant barrels, has been invented by Arthur W. Strothman, a member of the Cincinnati, Ohio, Fire Department. The pump weighs 6.5 pounds. It is constructed of aluminum with bronze gears. It has a socket to fit the opcrating nut of hydrants. By actual test, but two minutes were required to pump out a hydrant. The pump has been commended by Chief Barney Houston, William Beckner, Superintendent of Equipment, and other members of the department. Mr. Strothman has been a member of the department for sixteen years. Papers have been filed for patents on two other appliances for Fire Department use.