Japan aims to have firefighting robots by 2018
The robot firefighters will be hauled by six-ton trucks to industrial and other large-scale fires
The Yomiuri Shimbun
TOKYO — Production will begin this fiscal year of prototypes of firefighting robots, which will be used to fight large-scale fires at petrochemical complexes and chemical plants.
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry's Fire and Disaster Management Agency aims to fully automate firefighting activities for tackling dangerous blazes where there is the possibility of explosions and other risks by maneuvering the robots soon after fires begin.
By using the robots, the agency will avoid putting firefighters at risk. The agency hopes to complete the project in fiscal 2018. According to the agency’s National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster, the planned system will comprise a computer unit to serve as the command headquarters; a water-discharging robot; a robot to extend hoses; and surveillance robots that confirm conditions at the source of the fire.