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Innovating Firefighting: Fire Hydrant of the Future
Nov 13, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Disasters have shaped the design of cities and the humble fire hydrant is one such example. Join the American Red Cross to learn more about a redesigned fire hydrant invented by George Sigelakis. The new Sigelock hydrant starts a new conversation about how to improve the tools and technologies critical to firefighting and disaster.
George is a 15-year veteran New York City firefighter, Inventor and developer of the Sigelock SPARTAN Hydrant. George’s on-the-job experience enabled him to recognize the need to improve the reliability, speed, and safety of fire hydrants for fellow firefighters and for the communities they serve.
Raising National Awareness about Fire Safety
•7 times a day, someone dies in a home fire
•Every 40 minutes, a fire injury is reported
•Home fires cause, on average, 2,500 deaths and roughly $7 billion in property damages every year
A new Red Cross national survey shows that many Americans have a false sense of security about surviving a fire. For example, many people believe they have as much as 5 to 10 minutes to escape a burning home, when in fact fire experts agree that people may have as little as 2 minutes before it’s too late to escape.
At the Greater NY Red Cross, we want to change perception and motivate our neighbors to take action. We call on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: Check existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
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Opening Remarks, Kelly Mckinney (Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross – Greater New York)
Presentation on new fire hydrant design by George Sigelakis
Q&A for George Sigelakis
Red Cross Disaster Preparedness presentation
Fire Escape Plan Workshop
Free Raffle for three (3) Deluxe Go-Bags
Join the American Red Cross – Greater New York for the launch of a speaker series focused on topics surrounding disaster, humanitarian aid, preparedness, design, and social innovations.