Firefighters In Dubai To Be Equipped With Jetpacks
Remember the jetpack from GTA San Andreas? Well that might soon be becoming a reality, at least if you were a member of Dubai’s firefighters force.
Since Dubai is a place filled with high-rise buildings, more than 900 of them in fact, it can be quite difficult for firefighters to reach their objective when the flames are on some extremely high floors. For this very purpose, the Dubai government is teaming up with manufacturer Martin Jetpack to create manned and automated jetpacks for firefighers.
Lt Col Ali Almutawa from Dubai’s Civil Defence unit said the 20 jetpacks purchased by the city would be used to “improve and save people’s lives.” He stated that given the height of buildings, it can be quite difficult to reach top floors of the buildings, especially when there is not enough room to deploy ladders due to confined space between buildings.
The jetpacks will however be able to send firefighters up there without having to worry about confined areas.
They are also planning to equip jetpacks with thermal imaging cameras so the automated ones can be flown up to assess the situation and damage before deciding upon a strategy for rescue operations.
The standard Martin Jetpack is powered by a V4 engine and can reach a top speed of 74kph (45mph), while climbing up to 1,000m (3,000ft) — Dubai’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa, stands at 828m tall which means that verticality will not be an issue for these jetpacks.
Martin Jetpack has also expressed interest in one day using these jetpacks for soldiers and other sensitive government services.
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