Monday, January 23, 2017

Dubai Firefighters Reach New Heights

Firefighters in Dubai are set to become even more like superheros with the introduction of jetpacks.

Dubai Civil Defence recently launched the Dolphin, a jetski equipped with a jetpack and fire hose which will allow firefighters easy access to fires on boats, bridges and shoreline buildings.

The jetpack forces water at high pressure through the firefighters' boots, propelling them up into the air and allowing them to reach tall bridges.

The government's media office has released a dramatic training video of a firefighter racing through the city's canal on the Dolphin. He then takes to the air and with a hose over his shoulder manages to put out a pickup truck fire. As part of the Dolphin plan, they also intend to create floating fire stations to tackle blazes from the water.

The director general of Dubai's Civil Defence, Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, said the Dolphin will shorten response times during peak traffic hours, when the city state's traffic can prevent emergency vehicles moving quickly through the city.

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