Picture this: You’re having a backyard bonfire with some friends when the fire gets a little out of control. Before long there is a nearby tree on fire. With the flames reaching higher and the fire threatening to spread to your home you call 911. A few minutes later your backyard is swarming with firemen ready to battle the blaze but there is one problem… The only hydrant close enough to your house for the truck to pump the precious, property saving water is rusted shut. You watch in horror as firemen beat the valve with a wrench and then shrug their shoulders and begin to walk away.
This scenario happens all too often. Sometimes it is a rusted valve and sometimes it is a frozen valve. So what if the hydrant wouldn’t freeze or rust? That’s the idea George Sigelakis had when he designed this revolutionary new fire hydrant. Sigelakis said he was tired of fire hydrants that either had bad pressure or wouldn’t open up at all. Saving lives and property is not the only thing this new fire hydrant will do. They will also save water. The hydrants have to be opened by a special tool that is not available at any hardware store. So the hydrants will not be able to be opened by anyone other than firefighting personnel. Check out the video below.
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Source: Fire Rescue