10/07/06 50 W, 1 I - + 15 - 17 Robots

The Tokyo Fire Department comes to mind in the context of promixity and the Apex fire. They and other Japanese departments use remote-controlled apparatus for high-hazard environments. Don't know how well they work addressing the seat of a fire after a collapse, however.

Good idea Mike. Wonder if they could have used the Bomb Robot that RPD or SBI has to roll into such scenes, shoot some video (or feed it back live) and carry a monitor or two see what is actually going on in close proximity to the scene?
Jon Olson (Email) - 10/09/06 - 23:23

As this page demonstrates, Japanese departments (or at least the biggest cities) are very big on specialized apparatus: http://www.city.yokohama.jp/me/anzen/veh..

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Legeros - 10/10/06 - 05:30

I love the 救助作業用アーム, and the 作業用アーム is impressive lifting the barrel. Odd how they have the name emblazoned in ENGLISH. Wonder if these are made in the US and exported?
Jon Olson (Email) - 10/10/06 - 09:31

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