Singapore Civil Defence Donates Fire-Hose Chewy Toys To SPCA For A 'Paw-Some Future'

Singapore Civil Defence Donates Fire-Hose Chewy Toys To SPCA For A 'Paw-Some Future'

connectedtoindia.comUpdated: Monday, March 18, 2024, 10:41 AM IST
article-image
The Singapore Civil Defence Force donates fire-hose dog toys to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Singapore chapter. Among those present in the group photo are Aarthi Sankar, Executive Director of SPCA (fifth from left) and AC Anthony Toh, Director, Logistics Department, SCDF (sixth from left). Photo courtesy: Facebook/Singapore Civil Defence Force |

Old hose pipes used by fire-fighters need not die; they can be repurposed and start a new life as dog toys. That has happened in Singapore.

Recently, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel from the Changi Fire Station repurposed old firefighting hose pipes as dog toys — creating bone-shaped chewy toys — and handed them over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Singapore chapter (SPCA Singapore).

A post on the Facebook page of the Singapore Civil Defence Force announced the toy donation by the Changi Fire Station. The post, marked by a happy dog emoji, said: “The material of these fire hoses [is] extremely durable and versatile. After years of keeping flames at bay, hoses which have reached the end of their operational lifespan are decommissioned and will now be sparking joy in the lives of our furry, four-legged pals!”

Among those in the Facebook photograph were Aarthi Sankar, Executive Director of SPCA, and AC Anthony Toh, Director, Logistics Department, SCDF.

Three photos of SCDF personnel and SPCA Singapore personnel, published on Facebook, were followed by a cheerful video, which showed a male dog named Pika playing with one of the chewy toys created with decommissioned fire hoses.

“This is part of SCDF’s commitment to environmental sustainability, where fire hoses have been donated to several organisations such as Wildlife Reserves Singapore and SEA Aquarium as part of similar upcycling projects,” said the post, outlining the connection between this chewy toy donation and the larger effort of waste reduction.

‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ — the three Rs of sustainable practices — also include the act of upcycling, a form of recycling that combines utility and creativity, finding a new purpose for something old.

SCDF officers LTA Debra Lee and SSG Wan Rony play with an SPCA shelter pooch named Kimbap. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Singapore Civil Defence Force

SCDF officers LTA Debra Lee and SSG Wan Rony play with an SPCA shelter pooch named Kimbap. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Singapore Civil Defence Force |

In its Facebook post, Singapore civil defence emphasised on its intentions: “SCDF will continue to embrace sustainability efforts in our course of work and explore more ways to contribute to [an] eco-friendly, paw-some future! (paw print emoji and Earth emoji).”

SCDF personnel with SPCA staff and a rescued kitty. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Singapore Civil Defence Force

SCDF personnel with SPCA staff and a rescued kitty. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Singapore Civil Defence Force |

Reporting on this dog toy donation, the Singapore publication Mothership said that decommissioned SCDF fire hoses had earlier been upcycled as toys and beds for animals at the Mandai Wildlife Reserve in Singapore, and also as climbing environment material for orangutans in Indonesia.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected To India)

RECENT STORIES

Exploring The Intersection Of Art And Sustainability

Exploring The Intersection Of Art And Sustainability

Scary! Pakistani Man Caught On CCTV Trying To Kidnap Girl; Minor Manages To Escape After Raising...

Scary! Pakistani Man Caught On CCTV Trying To Kidnap Girl; Minor Manages To Escape After Raising...

President Mohamed Muizzu’s Party Secures 'Supermajority' In Maldives Parliamentary Elections

President Mohamed Muizzu’s Party Secures 'Supermajority' In Maldives Parliamentary Elections

Kuwait Launches First Hindi Radio Broadcast; Indian Embassy Says Move Will Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Kuwait Launches First Hindi Radio Broadcast; Indian Embassy Says Move Will Strengthen Bilateral Ties

US Mass Shooting Video: 2 Dead, 14 Hospitalised After Block Party Turns Deadly In Memphis (VIDEO)

US Mass Shooting Video: 2 Dead, 14 Hospitalised After Block Party Turns Deadly In Memphis (VIDEO)