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Fireman Sam sends for robots

Written by

Neil Martin

Neil Martin

‘Fireman Sam, Fireman Sam, in his bloomin white van.’

I may have got that lyric a bit mixed up with Postman Pat, but, point is, Fireman Sam is about to get some help in the form of some nifty looking robots.

It’s all thanks to Estonia based Milrem Robotics, a leader in European ground robotics and InnoVfoam, a specialist in foam extinguishing technology. The pair are developing robot firefighting systems to assist and even replace firefighters in the most hostile environments.

The jointly developed firefighting solutions combine Milrem Robotics’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) Multiscope Rescue and InnoVfoams various fire fighting systems, including foam proportioning systems and fire monitors.

The firefighting robots are remotely operated by firefighters who remain at a safe distance while receiving an overview of the operation area via various cameras (thermal and infrared), and sensors onboard the robot that can additionally detect gas, or chemical leaks.

The fire monitors can be operated independently from the UGV thanks to separate cameras on the UGV. The system can also be complemented with additional preventive and repressive systems and autonomous functions.

”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. The systems we are developing with InnoVfoam can alleviate dangers firefighters face and help contain fires faster,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.

The Multiscope Rescue has a maximum payload capacity of 1200 kg and pull force of 21 000 N allowing it to be equipped with a variety of firefighting specific payloads including foam, or water tanks.

Robot firefighters can also deliver heavy fire hoses to reach areas and enter structures that are inaccessible with bigger vehicles or may collapse on top of firefighters. 

So, expect to see Fireman Sam getting some help in the near future. 

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