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Firefighting Robot....

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Fire and Rescue NSW have released a firefighting robot

A turbine-aided firefighting robot, otherwise known as the TAF 20, will be on the front line in New South Wales (NSW) after it was unveiled Thursday in Sydney by the Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott and Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins.

Among its range of robotic capabilities, the TAF 20 can shoot a stream of water at 90 metres (295 feet), as well as spray foam or mist at 60 metres (197 feet). In addition, the TAF 20 has a high-powered fan able to clear smoke from a room.

"It can be remotely operated up to 500 metres (1,640 feet) away and sent into situations where it is too dangerous for firefighters, which is a huge advantage as the safety of firefighters is my highest priority," Mullins said in an emailed statement. "It also has a bulldozer blade which can clear obstacles like cars during a tunnel incident, or debris following an explosion."

According to Mullins, the robot, for which the state paid A$310,000 (US$222,131), will be kept in Alexandria, ready to be deployed across the state.

"This puts Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters ahead of the game when it comes to managing hazardous fires and other emergencies where firefighters cannot safely approach the flames, for example when there is a danger of explosion,"

Quote taken from FRNSW website.

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Re: Firefighting Robot....

Post by meg »

Wow! And cheaper than I thought this kind of thing would be too.

When do we get some for WA?

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