West Bengal firefighters receive 4 robotic firefighting equipment; other vehicles | Calcutta

The acquired equipment can help firefighters in hilly areas and in inaccessible alleys of cities.

Hindustan Times, Calcutta | By the HT correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

West Bengal firefighters on Thursday launched four remote-controlled firefighting vehicles and a range of other trucks and fire fighting vehicles that could help fight fires in the hills and put out flames started at chemical plants .

“Robotic fire fighting vehicles would be of great help to us because they can reach places where our men have difficulty reaching. It can be controlled remotely from a distance of 100 meters, ”said a senior firefighter official.

Each vehicle is equipped with thermal detection equipment and optical cameras and can trigger a water jet with a force of 1800 liters per minute.

A range of other instruments and vehicles, including those purchased to fight specific types of fires such as those started in chemical factories, have also been launched.

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“We deployed five multipurpose foam dinghies, which could help fight the flames in chemical factories and 10 mini water dinghies, each with a capacity of 3,000 liters that could be useful in the hills and to get into the hills. narrow roads in urban areas where large tankers cannot reach, ”the official said.

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More than Rs 18 crore has been spent to purchase equipment and vehicles that officials say would help modernize the firefighting forces. Around 100 motorcycles equipped with fire-fighting equipment were also deployed.

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