Firefighter turns hoses into pet toys

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PERRY, Ohio — Michael Fearing has been a firefighter for more than 30 years.


What do you want to know

  • According to the EPA, nearly 300 million tons of trash entered US landfills in 2018, or nearly five pounds per person per day.
  • A northeast Ohio firefighter is trying to do his part to keep what he can out of landfills
  • He launched Hound Hose in 2019 to reuse decommissioned fire hoses

He said a typical fire hose lasts 10 to 15 years. They are pressure tested every year and if they fail; they must be replaced.

Over the years, Fearing has seen thousands of feet of used fire hose go into landfills.

“I probably threw miles and miles of pipes. And it was always like, this is kind of heartbreaking,” said Fearing, a lieutenant with the Concord Fire Department. “Why are we, you know, we put this in landfills and it cost taxpayers a lot of money to start with and of course things wear out, don’t they? You can’t get around this, but still thinking what can we use this for? »

As a conservationist, he was creative. Instead of adding to already full landfills, it strives to keep materials out.

In 2019 he launched Hound Hose. He takes old fire hoses and turns them into handmade toys for dogs and cats. He ships worldwide and is always looking for wholesale partnerships.

“We don’t want to put anything in there anymore,” Fearing said. “We don’t want to lose our forests and our waterways to litter and garbage because we have nowhere else to put it.”

Scientists estimate that materials like fire hoses can take hundreds of years to decompose. By giving it new life, Fearing hopes to bring positive change.

“Everything can be recycled and reused,” Fearing said. “And we really strongly believe in reorienting things. We do it in our lives and then with our products.

In his daily work as a firefighter, he sees a lot of destruction. He said his side job was his escape.

“I can do that and sleep at night, which is a nice change sometimes. So yeah, that’s the pension plan,” Fearing said. “One day, that’s the big picture. Ultimately a great store selling lots of Hound Hose with all different styles. And we have firefighters, police officers and veterans among our employees.

He works with a fire hose that was once used to save a life, now it helps save the planet.

“We need to take care of our environment and keep things nice and pretty and nice and healthy for the next generation,” Fearing said. “We’re taking a small step forward with what we’re doing with these Hound Hoses. But it’s a start, right? And if we save a little bit and keep, you know, a couple of 100 feet of that fire hose from going to a landfill, we’re doing our part and you know, we’re happy about it, we feel good. ”

Fear takes fire hose gifts. For more information on Hound Hose, click here.

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