Firefighting has come a long way since bucket brigades. Now, technology is moving forward to bring new and exciting innovations for firefighters across the world to provide greater safety and protection.
Each year in the US, fires kill 5,000 people, 100 which are firefighters. Fires injure an additional 30,000 people and 100,000 firefighters. The move towards more sophisticated tools and techniques as well as better protective gear gives firefighters the ability to work with better efficiency and safety.
Water Mist Systems
What better way to protect firefighters than to stop a fire from spreading in the first place?
Water mist systems build upon the traditional sprinkler systems. Rather than spraying with large water droplets, this improved version releases a mist that smothers the fire.
Smaller water droplets make it easier for the system to create more mist. A larger surface area lets the droplets to convert to steam Steam rapidly can absorb great heat from flames and low the temperature of the fire which causes it to suffocate quickly.
Compared to traditional sprinklers, water mist systems are more versatile because they have the potential to stop electrical fires. A bonus is that mist systems inflict considerably less water damage, even compared to dry chemical methods.
Sonic Fire Extinguishers
A sonic fire extinguisher, or a wave extinguisher, uses acoustics and sound vibrations to put out fires.
The idea of using sound to suppress fires is widely understood, but only in the last several years has the technology to harness sound waves been possible.
The extinguisher works by using musical vibrations to separate the air from the fuel, which will smother the flames.
The application of this tool would aid in preventing fires from growing as well as preventing damage to the surrounding area.
Perhaps one of the best applications of VR is its use as a training tool. The immersive environment of VR gives firefighters the chance to hone their decision-making skills, develop critical thinking, and find outcomes.
Realistic training will give them a better idea of what to expect in real-life scenarios and work with a better understanding of how to act when dealing with fires.
We don’t even need to wait for the future to see the benefits of VR. It is already proving to be a practical resource that benefits firefighters. As VR technology progresses, the possibilities of improved training and broader applications will continue to expand.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, drones are extremely useful for firefighters, especially to survey areas and see the fire remotely.
Using drones has numerous advantages as it provides firefighters the opportunity to plan and extinguish the fire faster and with fewer injuries. Drones can also be used in search and rescues and deliver supplies to areas firefighters usually would be unable to reach.
However, if fire departments want to use drones, it must implement a program with extensive policies that align with federal and state regulations, include training for pilots, and more.
As technology continues to progress, firefighting tech
will be more readily available to more departments, and more firefighters will
have the chance to work faster and more safely.