Fire-fighters of the future
In recent years we’ve seen a huge leap forward in technology. Most of us now carry powerful computers around in our pockets and people around the world are working on robots that’ll police the streets. But what has improved in the fire-fighting field?
Have there been any huge leaps in the technology that they use?
Well, not really. But there are some people working on some cool ideas that could make the life of a fire-fighter a lot easier, and we’re going to look at 3 of these ideas today…
C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet
The helmet has always been an important component of a fire-fighters kit. Designed to protect against heat and falling debris, it’s undoubtedly saved countless lives. But there’s one designer who thinks there are plenty more useful features that could be implemented here.
Enter the C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet – a helmet designed to help firefighters navigate their way through a burning building. It shows the wearer a wireframe vision of the interior geometry allowing them to see through the smoke.
But this isn’t the only thing it does. It offers selective noise cancelling to help the smoke diver locate a victim quickly using sound and has a built-in camera so that every move can be filmed, and beamed instantly back to the team leader. So not only does it make it easier to locate victims, but it also ensures that the firefighter is adequately protected too!
Beams of electricity
Say hello to the tool of choice for fire-fighters of the future – the electric beam. The firefighter would wear a power pack on their back (think Ghostbusters) which would then shoot an electric current into the fire. This would move soot particles which then creates a flow of gas, weakening the flame.
It’ll allow firefighters to work at a much safer distance and they could potentially part flames, meaning that they could then make their way into a building to save lives.
There’s been a lot in the news recently about drones but how could they be used to fight fire? Wildfires need to be monitored and that role is currently taken by pilots who fly above the wildfire – a risky job I’m sure you’ll agree. In the future, however, we could use GPS-directed drones to monitor the movement of the wildfire and the best place to tackle it.
There’s no denying that these 3 exciting pieces of tech could save thousands of lives. The question is, will we ever see them put to use?