Technology has played a role in firefighting since the beginning; in fact, portable water pumps were found among the ruins of ancient Egypt. As bucket brigades gave way to electric pumps and internal combustion motors displaced horse-drawn fire engines, firefighting has benefited in terms of greater efficiency and lives saved at each point along the way. Technologies boosting the efforts of firefighters include drones, robots and other high-tech innovations. We asked our Expert Panel Roundtable: Which technologies will we see in ‘the future of firefighting?’
Howe & Howe Inc. (Howe & Howe Technologies), a subsidiary of Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. company, has unveiled its latest innovations for the firefighting community, its next-generation Thermite EV2, an all-electric firefighting robot, as well as its new, hand-held controller. The Thermite EV2 is an all-electric firefighting robot, operated by a software-driven controller, to effectively target fires with modular design, including a multi-position nozzle and additional attachments. Thermite EV2 all-electric robot Howe & Howe’s Thermite EV2 is powered by a battery pack, instead of a combustible engine and unlike an oil-cooled engine, the firefighting robot does not require oxygen for power. With the ability to operate several hours on a single charge and capable of moving farther into high-temperature, and dangerous environments, it extends the capability of firefighters, while enabling them to maintain a safer stand-off distance. Operated via hand-held controller The Thermite EV2 is the first Thermite robot to be operated by a state-of-the-art, hand-held controller In addition, the Thermite EV2 is the first Thermite robot to be operated by a state-of-the-art, hand-held controller. It features an eight-inch screen and provides real-time situational awareness with recording capabilities. The controller receives regular software updates, so as to ensure operators have the most recent and reliable technology at their fingertips. “It’s important that we give our first responders the best we have to offer so that they can complete their missions and return home safely,” said Geoff Howe, Senior Vice President of Howe & Howe Inc. Thermite firefighting robots Geoff adds, “Our Thermite EV2 and new hand-held controller were designed based on user feedback, to give firefighters the most powerful tools that we can deliver. Moving forward, we intend to apply our all-electric technology and hand-held controller capability to future Thermite models.” Thermite firefighting robots are able to navigate rugged terrain with a low chassis, as well as withstand exposure to extreme elements. With the system’s advanced technology, unsurpassed mobility, and extreme durability, it’s an integral partner for firefighters everywhere.