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Planet 3 Extreme Air Park is donating foam cubes to local fire departments

(VESTAL) — A business recently opened in Broome County is already giving back to the community.

“Everybody is emailing us so we’re going to go in on a first-come, first-served basis and hopefully we’ll be able to help many out with this,” said Planet 3 Air Park General Manager Tonya Briggs.

The indoor trampoline park is donating its foam cubes to local fire departments.

“It actually helps us quite a bit to have them all come in and get this,” she said. “It’s about five departments so far that will be picking it up and two occupational therapists to use it for disabled children.”

Briggs said it was her husband’s idea. He’s a Vestal volunteer firefighter and told her it could be used for training purposes.

It will help fire departments like the city of Binghamton.

“If a firefighter has that type of emergency where they collapse through the floor they have to know what to do,” said City of Binghamton Assistant Fire Chief Rick Allen. “We want to do it safely. So the foam will allow the firefighter to fall safely.”

Allen says the cubes will go a long way.

“As a fire department we have very limited budgets and most of our budgets are spent on equipment so when it comes to training anything that we can get with a partnership with the community and businesses who have something to offer us is a huge help to us,” said Allen.

Departments looking to get foam cubes can email Vestal@Planet3Extreme.com.

“It’s just great to be able to have this sort of outreach and the ability to help people in the community,” said Briggs.

The foam will be distributed in the next two weeks. The old foam at the park will be replaced with new foam cubes.

Esperanza Gutierrez

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