Meet Team Robot of the London Fire Brigade
London Fire Brigade tries fighting fire with fire robots. A team of four robots and their operators has been on trial to see how they handle situations human fire-fighters are to flammable to properly deal with. BBC tells us:
Acetylene gas poses a particular risk to emergency services when a fire is suspected to involve cylinders of the gas. When subjected to heat, the cylinders’ contents can undergo a chemical reaction that creates even more heat. As a result, acetylene cylinders can become a time bomb even after a fire has been extinguished, putting emergency responders and the public in danger. Standard procedure when a fire is suspected to involve acetylene is to cordon off an area of 200m around it for 24 hours.
So instead of putting human fire-fighters in harm’s way and shutting down parts of a heavily trafficked city for several hours every other week, they can put robot fire-fighters in harm’s way and shut down parts of a heavily trafficked city for only a few hours every other week.
The four robots in the team are Talon, Bison, Black Max and Brokk. Talon is the scout, it’s small and manoeuvrable with plenty of sensors. Bison is the dexterous one, equiped with grippers and cutting tools, as well as a small water jet. With its fire hose, Black Max is the true fire-fighter. Last but not least is big guy Brokk, a modified industrial digger with a giant claw.
Team Robot could do a lot more than disposing gas cylinders, though, like disposing humanity!