Unique Flying Fire Fighter To The Rescue

An inventor in Japan has developed a very unique firefighting aerial vehicle that will help put out fires in places where fire trucks and helicopters can’t get to.

Yasuyuki Yamada, who is currently enrolled at the graduate school of science and technology at Keio University, has invented the Fly Fire Fighter, which is an unmanned aerial device that shoots out water high above the ground.

“There are cases when fire engines can’t get close to the site, such as with fires in crowded urban areas,” explains Yamada. “In these cases, firefighters come close to the site itself using fire hoses. This brings firefighters in more danger, especially with a fire at chemical plants and factories. In addition, from the ground there is a delay in extinguishing fire because the water cannot easily access the origin of fire.”

He adds, “Likewise, water discharge from a helicopter is inefficient. Also, the updraft from fire may cause instability to its flight. Furthermore, in the new cases that occurred in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, water discharge against reactors was difficult due to highly radioactive contamination in the site.”

A Smoking Hot New Invention

Yamada has studied extensively the problems firefighters face in putting out fires in crowded places, and in locales that harbor large factories and chemical plants. So he got to work and developed a new approach in putting out fires.

His inspiration stems from the Flyboard, which is a new watersport. The Flyboard allows people to fly in the air through water being pumped out of a jet-ski through hoses at a rapid speed. With this, Yamada came up with the Fly Fire Fighter, which is a large sized apparatus with four electronic powered nozzles that releases water continuously. The device, which looks like a drone, is connected to a main hose that sources the water.

“Since the water discharge can be used in both firefighting and flying thrust, it enables continuous flight-water discharge as long as the water flow is not interrupted,” says Yamada.

Dowse Those Flames

The Fly Fire Fighter is balanced and maintains its altitude through the level of water pressure being delivered from its main hose. The small nozzles also play a role in the balancing act as well.

“The fire hose from the fire engine is connected to the back of the Fly Fire Fighter,” says Yamada. The Fly Fire Fighter can fly more steadily by balancing the tension of this hose and thrust of water discharge. In the case that it is exposed to strong winds, this hose is used as an anchor for stable flying.”

The device also has two cameras: one camera is used for light and the second – the main camera that is - captures the source of heat. The cameras work in sync regardless of how bad the level of smoke is. The main camera sends images in real time though cutting-edge software to operators down below. Screen shots help the operators monitor the situation and of course help them determine proper water flow pressure.

A large number of devices can be connected to a fire truck or other water sources, which of course will help in putting out fires in hard-to-get-to-places.

So, will we see fire departments around the world adopting Yamada’s new invention in the near future? Chances are good that some will. Fire departments are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to put out fires out quickly and in a more efficient manner.

So, the next time you are watching the news or when you are at the scene of a fire and see a bunch of Fly Fire Fighters in the air you will know that a young inventor from Japan is the one who has come to the rescue.

Yamada’s invention will certainly help put out fires and more importantly it will help keep firefighters safer.