Local firefighters get a preview of new remote-controlled robot able to fight fires

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – Local first responders got a demonstration of a new high-tech firefighting device on Monday in Salem.

The Termite RS3 is a remote-controlled and camera-equipped robot that can be used in a variety of situations that can be too dangerous for human firefighters.

The 3,500-pound tank can clear cars, brush and other debris several times its own weight.

When connected to a hose, it can propel blasts of water and foam to extinguish many types of flames.

“It’s really a tool to use in the fire service where you don’t want to commit personnel to but you want to be able to get to the scene wherever the fire is, whatever that danger may be. The robot would be able to do that for you.”

Russell Bolden, Municipal Emergency Services

Locally, no department is using this new technology; however, it is being used in Los Angeles to fight brush fires.

The unit costs around $325,000.

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