Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Old hoses bring entertainment and shelter for four legged friends



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has found a novel way of recycling hoses which can no longer be used for firefighting – by donating them to a local animal welfare centre.

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare is using the old hoses to make toys and shelters for its four legged residents.

Head of Engineering at the Fire and Rescue Service Bill Brewster said: 

“These hoses couldn’t be used by firefighters anymore and were taken out of service, but we didn’t want to just throw them away. We look for different ways this sort of equipment can be re-used and we are thrilled that the animals at Raystede are benefitting.”

Hannah Trayford, Head of Animal Welfare at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare said:

“As a charity donated items are always very much appreciated.  This fire hose will be put to good use in the coming months to make shelters for our equine and alpacas, and toys for our dogs. We have already created ‘food balls’ with some of the fire hose for our dogs. These are really easy to make, and tough so can withstand even the strongest jaws – great just for chewing on or for hiding treats inside.

For more information about the charity please go to http://www.raystede.org/


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