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Posted on: September 28, 2017

White Plains Fire Department to Donate Used Fired Hose to Hose2Habitat

As with any equipment, Fire hose has a life span.  The White Plains Fire Department recently purchased a large amount of hose for replacement, which leaves them with a few thousand lengths of hose to discard.


What to do with all that extra hose? As it turns out, it can be turned into fun and useful play things for zoo animals, such as swings, perches, balls, and more. And, there are plenty of zoo animals out there in need of just these types of materials.


The Fire Department has been working with Hose2Habitat, a Maryland-based non-profit that partners fire departments with zoos and animal sanctuaries to recycle surplus hose, to facilitate the donation. WPFD will be donating over 6,700 feet of used fire hose.


Hose2habitat will be at Fire Station 2, located at 20 Ferris Avenue in White Plains, with a very big truck on Saturday, September 30th at 2:30 p.m. to pick up the hose. The lucky recipients of the hose will be the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Philadelphia Zoo.


White Plains Fire Chief Richard Lyman said, “As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s (or in this case, zoo animal’s) treasure. We are glad to know that this hose will be recycled and put to good use for years to come.”


Lisa Daly, Hose2Habitat Executive Director, said, “We were excited and grateful when White Plains offered us over a mile of hose. The animals benefit physically and psychologically from the enrichment that’s made from hose and the environment benefits because the hose is diverted from the landfill. It’s good for everyone.”


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