Fire-fighting can be a tough job — putting out fires, working night shifts, and rescuing people, of course! There are also times when the fire gets too big and requires special equipment to be extinguished. This is where Abu Dhabi’s new fire-fighting robot comes in handy!
On Monday, 17th February 2020, Abu Dhabi Police tested TAF35, a fire-fighting robot that can be operated from as far as 300 metres away… blasting water, mist, and foam to put out fires!
Abu Dhabi Police Test TAF35, a Fire-Fighting Robot
Through a post on social media, Abu Dhabi Police shared a video of TAF35 in action, spraying water and putting out fires from a distance. The robot is capable of changing directions and blasting out water, mist, and foam to extinguish even the biggest fires.
According to the General Administration of Civil Defence in Abu Dhabi, TAF35 can be operated via remote control — making it the ideal “weapon” in situations that are considered too dangerous for firefighters to enter.
The Deputy Director General of Civil Defence in Abu Dhabi, Brigadier General Mohamad Ibrahim Al Amri, stated that TAF35 can pump out huge quantities of water, which is necessary in putting out fires in tunnels, industrial areas, and covered/closed parking spaces.
More About TAF35
TAF35 was created by Magirus, a German firefighting firm, and EmiControls, an Italian engineering firm. According to these firms, the robot is capable of putting out fires in chemical factories, electrical substations, large halls, recycling plants, subway shafts, tunnel systems, urban areas, and even oil refineries.
Based on information from the EmiControls website, TAF 35:
- Includes a fire-fighting turbine mounted on a caterpillar vehicle;
- Can be operated via remote control and utilised in many different ways; and
- Is fitted with an external nozzle, atomising water into mist and distributing it with a propeller.
Water, when turned into mist, can draw heat from fire quickly and reduce temperature significantly, making the situation “safer” for fire-fighters and rescuers. And since TAF 35 can be operated by remote control, it can go ahead of the fire crew in extremely dangerous situations like tunnel fires or chemical factory accidents, where fire can spread rapidly.
In addition, the Magirus Group website presents the following advantages of TAF35:
- Easy and safe to use
- Flexible and maneuverable
- Turbine can be lifted and tilted
- Components are easy to maintain
- Effective in cases of fire within complex building structures
- Gentle application of water or water-foam mix on liquid fires
- Efficient for huge fires and large surfaces, especially liquid fires
- Binding of smoke and gases, thus improving visibility and safety
- High cooling efficiency because of larger and nebulised quantity of water
- Much quicker heat absorption compared to conventional methods of fire-fighting
Check out this video of TAF35, the fire-fighting robot in action, as shared by Abu Dhabi Police HQ on Facebook: