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Jet-propelled water cannon offers food for thought

The basic methods we employ for putting the wet stuff on the red stuff haven't changed much over the past 200 years


Wow! Like many of you, I can't resist the urge to comment on this international story.

If it was April 2011 I'd probably think this was an April Fools' joke, but it's not.

When I finished laughing, the video made me think.

While it's difficult to imagine a firefighting application for such an apparatus in our normal operating environment, it's not hard to conjure up a scenario where it could be useful, especially during a hazardous materials emergency.

The broader issue, as several FR1 members have already pointed out, is the need for continued innovation in the way we approach fire and emergency incidents.

Although we are very fortunate to benefit from meaningful technological advances in vehicles, appliances, extinguishing agents, and personal protective equipment, the basic methods we employ for putting the wet stuff on the red stuff haven't changed much over the past 200 years.

Should they? I'm not sure, but I do know this old saying in business: Innovate or die.

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