Robot firefighting systems are being created to assist and maybe even replace firefighters.
Milrem Robotics and InnoVfoam have partnered to develop the systems, which would be remotely operated by firefighters, according to a news release. The solution combines Milrem Robotics’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) Multiscope Rescue and InnoVfoam’s various firefighting solutions, such as foam proportioning systems and fire monitors.
While operating the systems from a safe distance, firefighters will see a complete overview of the operation via thermal and infrared cameras. Sensors on the robot will be able to detect gas or chemical leaks.
The fire monitors can be operated independently from the UGV, which has separate cameras, and allow the vehicle to change position while still maintaining an overview of the fire. Preventive and repressive systems and autonomous functions can be added to the vehicle.
The Multiscope Rescue has a maximum payload capacity of 1,200 kg and pull force of 21,000 N. It can be equipped with a variety of firefighting specific payloads including foam or water tanks as well as tethered drones for enhanced situational awareness.
The robot firefighters can deliver heavy firehoses to reach areas and enter structures that firefighters can’t get to. They also can be airdropped during forest fires. The fire monitors can dispense water and foam from 2,000 up to 20,000 liters per minute.
“In addition to fires in urban environments there are large scale forest and landscape fires every year that endanger the environment, the lives of inhabitants and especially firefighters,” Milrem Robotics CEO Kuldar Väärsi said, according to the release. “The systems we are developing with InnoVfoam can alleviate dangers firefighters face and help contain fires faster.”