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New Jersey Fire Dept donates defective fire hoses to local zoo

Date: 2015-07-31
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"Rather than discard it and pollute a landfill, the hose is finding a second life," says Lyndhurst firefighter

- From NorthJersey.com, via FireRescue1.com

Fire hoses have a challenging career.  One end is hooked up to a hydrant and slow water under high-pressure to a nozzle on the other end, and fires are put out.   They are one of the essential tools of the firefighter’s trade.  To ensure they are dependable, fire departments test their hose annually.  Hoses that fail the test are taken out of service.

The Lyndhurst Fire Department in New Jersey found a way to repurpose their defective hose rather than discarding it in a dumpster where it would likely end up in environmentally-unfriendly a landfill.  They donated the hose to the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey, through an organization called Hose 2 Habitat.

Hose2Habitat is a nonprofit organization that partners fire departments and other organizations that have a surplus of fire hoses and recyclable material with zoos and animal sanctuaries to recycle the donated equipment into something that would benefit animal habitats.

“While hoses that are put out of service may not be safe to use when fighting a fire, they are perfect material to be used for animal enrichment at zoos and animal sanctuaries,” said Lisa Daly, a former volunteer EMT for the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service who with her husband Anthony Slamin, also a former volunteer EMT, founded Hose2Habitat a year ago.

The zoos use the fire hose to create woven bedding for cats, climbing apparatus for primates, or balls for use in play by large animals.  “The fire hose balls can weigh as much as 100 pounds and help elephants, lions and tigers to remain strong and encourage natural behavior,” Daly told the NorthJersey.com news website. 

Hose2Habitat provides instructions on its Facebook page on how to weave one of these balls, which members of Lyndhurst FD hope to accomplish during some of their downtime.

“Overall, the purpose of these items is to make the animals happier, healthier and more comfortable,” said Daly.

For more information on Hose2Habitat, see www.hose2habitat.org/

Read the full news story at NorthJersey.com

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via NorthJersey.com, 7/30/15)

Images from hose2habitat.org

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