Fire Fighting Robots Help Keep Communities Safe

This week, the City of Los Angeles Fire Department became the first city in the United States to utilize firefighting robots to put out fires. Weighing an approximate 3,500 pounds, the Thermite Robotic Systems 3 firefighting vehicle (R3) is taking fire department’s across the nation by storm.  

Capable of dispensing roughly 2,500 gallons of water per minute, these R3s can be controlled remotely by operators at a safe distance from the blaze and are equipped with a high-definition video stream that allows operators to easily maneuver the robot in difficult circumstances.

Despite weighing the same as a smart car, R3s can fit through double doors while simultaneously being strong enough to plow through walls.  According to City of Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, R3s are “game-changers” for his team.

Prior to the city’s official unveiling of the RS3s earlier this week, they had been deployed to help extinguish a fire that broke out in a commercial area of downtown Los Angeles.  Once the severity of the fire forced firefighters to withdraw, the RS3s were deployed to continue forward to release their water cannons from the inside building.

Currently, the RS3 is assigned to Firehouse 3 – one of the busiest fire stations in the city.

Source: Good News Network