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A fire hydrant for the 21st century: Detours episode 5 debuts Wednesday

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A New York fireman invents a safer, smarter, and sturdier hydrant

Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.

The lowly fire hydrant remains an essential lifeline for fire fighters, but there haven't been significant changes to its design in the past few decades. One retired New York City firefighter designed a new hydrant that could last longer and break down less frequently.

Tune in Wednesday for the full episode.