Long Beach Fire Hydrants Getting a Space-Age Facelift

Newly redesigned fire hydrants are cropping up all over Long Beach.

(CBS 2 report screenshot)
(CBS 2 report screenshot)

According to a recent CBS 2 report, Long Beach is in the midst of a widespread revamp of its current fire hydrants. 

According to the report, more than 100 of the completely redesigned hydrants, made with stainless steel and rust-proof composite metals, have already been installed, stretching from the Long Beach boardwalk to the train station.

The new hydrants, which can only be opened with a specially-designed wrench, were created by New York City firefighter George Sigelakis, who was frustrated that the old hydrants wouldn’t always open and didn’t always have enough water pressure. The new hydrants are supposed to be more reliable in bad weather and are expected to save money and lives, according to the report. 

Long Beach has qualified for Federal Emergency Management Administration grants, which are expected to help fund the revamp. The City Council has been in talks to replace the current fire hydrants since 2012.

Tired of Excuses June 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Too bad the new hydrants are still connected to rusty, leaky mains.........how can hydrants improve water pressure ? that's like saying a new kitchen faucet will improve water pressure in your house
Bob West June 11, 2014 at 05:21 PM
So, when there's a really big mutual aid fire and help comes from several FD's, none of them will be able to open these hydrants "which can only be opened with a specially-designed wrench." These politicians are so removed from reality, they don't know (or care) when they endanger human lives. This is like last winter when they refused to sand the LB Bridge until hours after there was a multi-car pile-up, because of a "territorial dispute." Didn't the old hydrants work fine? I've seen these blue things around town and thought "literally" more money down the drain.
Eddie June 11, 2014 at 06:20 PM
I chimed in long ago with my opinion on this dangerous hi-tech folly and its politically-connected seller. These things are so good that Long Beach is the only place in the county who bought them!
Jason Anderson June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM
My dog will love those


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