Suffolk fire hoses set flaming fashion trend

HOSES once used by a team of Suffolk firefighters could one day be hanging from the shoulders of Hollywood’s rich and famous.

The crews at Bury St Edmunds fire station are giving their redundant rubber hoses to Elvis and Kresse, a firm which makes recycled accessories and whose fans include the likes of actress Cameron Diaz.

The idea of handing over tonnes of decommissioned hose – which would otherwise have gone to landfill – came from firefighter Paul Turner.

Mr Turner, who led the Bury crews’ bid to turn the side of their station into a wildlife area, said Elvis and Kresse would use the hoses for bags, belts and iPhone covers.

He said half of the design firm’s profits would be given to The Firefighters Charity, which supports officers and their families in times of need.

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“Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has collected about one tonne of hose for delivery to Elvis and Kresse and hopes to continue collecting all the condemned hose in the future,” he said.

The firefighters in Bury are planning to host their very own “Eco Fair” at the Parkway station, on July 10.

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The aim is to promote environmental awareness in the community.

John Wilcock, western area commander, said: “The fire service already recognises the significance of recycling what we can. It is great to have the opportunity to reduce even further the amount we send to landfill.”

James Henrit, of Elvis and Kresse, said: “We are so happy to be able to re-engineer the hose in our range of luxury accessories.

“The fire hoses are so durable and beautiful that they need to be put to use one more time, even after a life-time of fighting fires.”

The Eco Fair, which will include raffles, events and guest speakers – including zero-waste advocate Karen Cannard – will start at 10am and finish at 4pm.

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