Old fire hoses get new life

By Patricia Middleton
Newton Kansan – July 10, 2017

Photo by Sedgwick County Zoo

An elephant’s trunk can hold 2 1/2 gallons of water, but when you need more than that to put out a fire, a fire hose is called for.

Hesston Fire Department’s fire hoses are inspected each year to ensure they can withstand the pressure of the water flowing through them.

“We make sure it’s always ready to do its job,” said Hesston Fire Chief Russ Buller.

The Hesston Fire Department recently donated old fire hoses it could no longer use to the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Over time, fire hoses can develop weak spots and holes.

“A fire hose does wear out and eventually is beyond repairable,” Buller said. “We can’t use it anymore. It doesn’t wear out quickly but, at some point, the outer jacket gets worn.”

Having heard that the Sedgwick County Zoo used old fire hoses in their exhibits, he called to see if they would want the ones that were no longer of use to the Hesston Fire Department.

“We weren’t sure who would be able to use it, but we checked with the zoo,” Buller said. “They were very happy to receive that.”

Buller said the old fire hoses were five inches in diameter.

“We sent them seven sections, and each section is 100 feet long,” Buller said.

Each section of hose weighs roughly 100 pounds.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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