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25 -January- 2022

Mumbai: Fire squad conducts R&D on its fire fighting robot

Mumbai fire brigade is conducting research and development on the efficiency of it’s fire fighting robot which is an alternative to human firefighters. This fire fighting robot can be used in situations which may prove too dangerous for humans to tackle.

Depending on the results of the practical use of the fire fighting robot robot, the fire squad will decide if they would want to order more robots in the future. The price of one robot is 88 lakhs and has been used to douse off fire in several locations in the city including Bandra and Borivali East.

While speaking to the Free Press Journal, Chief Fire Officer, Hemant Parab, said, “We do not take the robot with us at every fire incident, we take it only if we think its necessary and use it to its full capacity. As of now we have only one robot, but we are thinking of having more robots in future. Currently we are conducting research and development on the robot as per our practical experience through which we can decide if we want to add any new features in it.”

The robot was first spotted during a massive fire that broke out in the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) building in Bandra in 2019. The robot helped the firefighters douse off huge flames.

After the robot was commissioned, Mumbai became the first city in the country to have a robot for fire fighting.

Courtesy: Sherine Raj, The Free Press Journal

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