Function: Preventing fireplace with robots – Testing Mumbai Hearth Brigade’s newest gizmo | Autocar India

Written by Raghav

The Mumbai Hearth Brigade now has two intelligent gadgets in its arsenal. This is a detailed look.

Revealed On Oct 27, 2022 08:00:00 AM

Excessive-rise buildings in congested lanes are commonplace, particularly in a metropolis like Mumbai. And such conditions pose elevated challenges for security companies just like the Mumbai Hearth Brigade, which has to continuously replace its arsenal of special-purpose automobiles. Whereas a number of of those automobiles are massive and assist firefighters attain larger constructions, the hearth brigade group additionally deploys a smaller, simply as vital car that serves particular functions. Meet Robofire, Mumbai Hearth Brigade’s distinctive firefighting assist.

Robofire robotic

Robofire can attain a high velocity of 5.4kph.

Robofire, because the identify suggests, is a remote-controlled, battery-operated robotic that measures lower than 2 metres in size, is round 1 metre excessive, and about 800mm vast. However don’t go by its comparatively compact dimensions, as this progressive machine rolls on tank-like treads, also referred to as caterpillar tracks, which assist it crawl over uneven and tough surfaces, and even stairs. Constructed from a mixture of aluminium and different metals, Robofire weighs round 500kg. It has a devoted car to move it to the hearth affected location, and as soon as by itself energy, it could possibly attain speeds of round 5.4kph.

Its a number of cameras have infrared, thermal sensors.

Robofire could be linked to a water hose from a tanker, and may attain places a daily fireplace engine would discover tough throughout firefighting operations. It will probably additionally function in areas crammed with dense smoke and fumes, which could be extraordinarily tough to entry by first responders. Robofire can ‘see’ through its 4 rotating cameras, which even have thermal imaging functionality.

Distant management doubles up as digital camera show.

The true-time feed from these cameras could be seen by Robofire’s operator who wears a tablet-sized controller with a big display. These cameras and the software program can even detect the quantity of smoke and injury, and find trapped folks in want of rescue. Robofire could be managed from a radius of as much as 1km, due to its high-power infrared distant management! We have been invited to take part in a small demonstration of Robofire’s tech and capabilities, and have been amazed with what it might do.

Water Tower car

After Robofire, the following machine demonstrated was on the opposite finish of the dimensions spectrum – the Water Tower car. This car relies on a Mercedes Actros chassis and prices a whopping Rs 12 crore (roughly). When in operation, the Water Tower car anchors itself to the bottom, like different larger fireplace engines or cranes, after which unfolds an ‘arm’ vertically to a most peak of 55 metres, which is roughly 18 flooring. With the assistance of hydraulics, the water arm can attain fire-affected areas even when the Water Tower car is parked at a distance; it could possibly additionally assist douse fires in high-rises.

The Water Tower car can empty its 14,000-litre tank in simply 5 minutes, if required.

This water arm can be versatile sufficient to achieve 36 metres beneath floor degree in a pit. The Water Tower car has a large 50 metres water throw space, and may empty a 14,000-litre water tanker in simply 5 minutes, if required. The car can hook up with a number of water tankers, in order that it could possibly throw water uninterrupted for an extended time. As soon as the core space of the hearth is recognized, this machine can extinguish the flames in minimal time.

Hemant Parab, the Chief Hearth Officer of Mumbai Hearth Brigade, says, “At Mumbai Hearth Brigade, our group is well-trained and our fleet of automobiles is well-equipped to deal with virtually any sort of fireside emergencies within the metropolis.” The Mumbai Hearth Brigade has not solely been upgrading its fleet however can be continuously revising the protection gear of the firefighters. It’s actually fascinating to see how far firefighting expertise has come and the way a lot safer these newer devices have made firefighting for our courageous heroes in blue.

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