Sophisticated robot used for first time to put out fire...

Sophisticated robot used for first time to put out fire

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:49 PM, 8 June 2022   Updated: 04:53 PM, 8 June 2022

LUF-60 robot is used for the first time to put out the fire broke out at a container depot at Sitakunda in Chattogram; Photo: Collected

LUF-60 robot is used for the first time to put out the fire broke out at a container depot at Sitakunda in Chattogram; Photo: Collected

The fire service, for the first time, used a sophisticated robot to put out the fire that broke out at a container depot at Sitakunda in Chattogram. The LUF-60 robot is operated by remote control.

The fire service said on Wednesday that high-tech robots as well as special drones, for the first time in the country, have been used to put out the fire in Sitakunda. The robot is capable of splashing water up to a distance of 300 meters. It can reduce the intensity of fire by clearing smoke, heat and toxic gases.

Fire Service and Civil Defense Headquarters officer-in-charge (OC-Media) Shahjahan Sikder confirmed the matter.

He said “the fire service had bought two robots called LUF-60”. We received one of these instruments and used it in the Sitakunda fire. The buyer has not yet notified the second robot to the fire service headquarters. Adding to that would further enhance the fire service’s ability to put out fires in such sensitive situations.

The Fire Service and Civil Defense Headquarters planned to purchase the robot for the first time in 2017. The purchase process started in 2019, however, delayed due to the COVID pandemic. The robot was added to the fire service about six months ago. The device is capable of discharging 2,400 liters of water per minute. The UAE, Russia, Austria, Germany, India, and Indonesia have used such technology to extinguish fires for a long time.

Noted that a fire broke out at BM container depot at Kadmarsul area in ​​Sitakunda, 30 km away from Chattogram city at 9:30 pm on Saturday. Within an hour of the fire, a terrible explosion took place. Many people including firefighters and workers were killed and injured in the accident.

DailyBangladesh/AS