Anaheim Fire & Rescue initiative transforms fire hydrants into kid-created masterpieces
Fire hydrants are situated roughly every 500 feet along the streets of Anaheim.
Their presence is obviously a vital component of public safety and service to the community.
Thanks to an ingenious idea, hydrants in the city will continue to serve, even after they’ve been retired from fighting fires.
Dozens of youngsters from the Orange County Family Justice Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim and Anaheim Cops4Kids spent Saturday, March 4, in the courtyard of the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center transforming these cast-iron fire plugs into vibrant, themed art pieces.
The repurposed hydrants will be auctioned off and proceeds will go right back to three groups who crafted them into art.
“It highlights a very vital function in that fire hydrants serve our city,” Anaheim Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Alan Long said. “We’re coupling that with these nonprofit groups and we’re making something of it.”
Fire Chief Randy Bruegman and executives from the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center collaborated on the idea, said Elsa Covarrubias, AF&R’s community engagement manager.
“Instead of just sending them to the recycle yard, let’s repurpose them,” Covarrubias said. “Let’s get our firefighters involved with this vital piece of equipment, making them an art project for the kids and then raising money for the nonprofits.”
With encouragement and assistance from the firefighters themselves, one hydrant was painted into a colorful, tangible tribute to the city, adorned with an Anaheim Ducks hockey team logo and Angel Stadium’s “Big A” symbol.
Another hydrant was decorated with an abstract burst of multicolored handprints and characters.
In all, eight hydrants were turned into radiant art pieces.
“The kids … they are very creative,” said Luis Ledesma, firefighter/paramedic. “We might have one idea, but it’s fun to see the kids because their minds are so creative and you can see it in all of them.”
Anaheim Cops4Kids is a program within the Anaheim Police Activities League designed to build relationships between the police and children through a variety of educational, cultural and athletic activities.
The Orange County Family Justice Center provides help to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim has three centers, with a strong focus on educational, social and recreational programs.