The Los Angeles Fire Department debuted the first robotic firefighting vehicle in the United States, putting it to use on its first day in service on Oct. 13.
The Thermite RS3, manufactured by Textron: Howe & Howe Technologies, is a compact, low-center of gravity, wide chassis industrial robotic firefighting vehicle. It is capable of flowing 2,500 gallons per minute and is remotely operated with a controller that provides high-definition video for enhanced maneuverability in difficult conditions.
The robotic firefighting vehicle was used to help extinguish a fire that erupted on Oct. 13 in commercial buildings in the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles. New challenges continue to emerge in firefighting and the LAFD is committed to leveraging technology to enhance operations while reducing risk to firefighters, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said.
The RS3 will assist with interior fire department operations in large commercial buildings and wood-framed structures under construction, as well as providing structural defense at wildfires, large animal rescues, fuel tanker fires, auto storage fires and other situations.
For information, visit lafd.org.
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