Fourteen fire engines and other equipment, including a robot van and an ambulance, were engaged in fire-fighting and to rescue more than 80 people trapped in a nine-floor MTNL building in western suburb Bandra in Mumbai, where a major fire broke out on Monday afternoon. Visuals on TV showed smoke billowing from the building and people on the terrace trying to signal those below.
The BMC became the first civic body in the country which used the robot to douse the fire.
Mumbai Fire Brigade is taking the help of the newly introduced robot to douse the fire at the MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) building in Bandra. pic.twitter.com/94DdzWdgz4— ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2019
All you need to know about the robot:
The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) gets live video footage and the exact location of fire inside of a building through the China-made radio controlled remote operated robot, according to DNA.
The unmanned radio controlled remote operated robot can reach the nearest location of fire and apart from dousing, it can also provide exact location and status of fire that will make job of firemen easy to confine it without wasting time
Firemen find it difficult moving inside basement of building at a fire site, and they even have to struggle with the smoke. In such a place, the robot is helpful to douse fire. The robot will also update them on the status of fire with live video of the location even if there is smoke.
#MTNLFireUpdate |— LocalPressCo Mumbai (@LocalPressCo) July 22, 2019
* Fire contained and all 84 people trapped in the building safely rescued.
* No civilian injuries reported, but one fireman hospitalised for suffocation.
* Newly introduced remote-controlled robot, RoboFire, assisted fire brigade.https://t.co/9ft8eeLZOt pic.twitter.com/FglgJ1QXkU
This 500 kg robot can enter in narrow lanes where fire engines find difficult and it is likely to be brought in after monsoon.
Robot is fitted with thermic camera that can capture videos and photos during day and night as well. The video and photo output can be received even around 300 metre away from fire site.