Estonia has developed a new generation of fire robots

Extinguishing fires is an extremely dangerous type of human activity, associated with a huge risk to life. Fires in large warehouses and chemical plants, accompanied by the emission of large amounts of toxic smoke, are particularly dangerous. Robots can help rid firefighters of the deadly risk.

Estonian company Milrem Robotics and Dutch company InnoVfoam have joined forces to develop a new generation of fire robots. The system is based on the Milrem Multiscope Rescue Robot ground drone, which works in conjunction with elements of the InnoVfoam firefighting systems, which include fire monitors and foam dispensers.

According to Milrem Robotics, rescue work can be controlled remotely using a variety of video cameras (optical, thermal and infrared), as well as gas and chemical sensors. These elements are separate from the cameras, so the robot can be moved without interrupting control of the flames.

The Multiscope Rescue has a maximum payload of 1,200 kg and a pulling force of 21,000 Newton, enabling it to carry other equipment - foam and water tanks, heavy fire hoses and drones for visibility from a height. The robot is tough enough. It can be airborne into forest fires, and the InnoVfoams fire monitors can deliver water and foam with a capacity of 20,000 l/sec.

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