Revolutionary fire hydrants won't rust, freeze

The new hydrants were created by retired firefighter George Sigelakis, who said he grew frustrated with hydrants that wouldn't open or that didn't have enough water pressure

CBS New York

LONG BEACH, N.Y. — In Long Beach, some revolutionary new fire hydrants have been turning a lot of heads.

As CBS 2’s Dana Tyler reported Tuesday, city managers said they are moving ahead with the completely redesigned hydrants to save money and lives. Long Beach Water Supt. Chris Windle cannot get enough of the new fire hydrants popping up in the city. They are made of stainless steel and composite metals that are rust proof and do not freeze up.

But in what city officials called the best part, the hydrant can only be opened with a specially-designed wrench. "You can’t buy this anywhere else — like any other wrench you can with Home Depot or mom-and-pop hardware stores, that open any of the hydrants in the system," Windle said. "So when it’s closed, you can’t hit it, knock it, or shed it, do anything."

Full story: New Long Beach Fire Hydrants Won’t Rust, Freeze, Or Get Opened By Wrong People

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