2020-10-14 08:01

LA's newest firefighter, a robot, can go where humans can't z6I世界播


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Fire Department introduced its newest firefighter Tuesday, a chunky, low-slung little gadget on wheels that despite its humble appearance can blast out 2,500 gallons of water a minute, go where it's not safe for humans to tread and, in a pinch, even rescue a horse. z6I世界播


The bright yellow machine, which evokes some images of a “Star Wars” droid but without the beeps and burps, is nicknamed RS3. That's short for Robot Solution 3. z6I世界播

这台亮黄色的机器被戏称为RS3,它让人联想到一些“星球大战”机器人的图像,但没有嘟嘟声和打嗝声。这是Robot Solution 3的缩写。z6I世界播

“The Los Angeles Fire Department is the first in our country to acquire this amazing piece of new equipment,” Chief Ralph Terrazas told onlookers before before turning RS3 loose in a sprawling parking lot adjacent to the department's downtown training center. z6I世界播

“洛杉矶消防局是我们国家第一个获得这种令人惊叹的新设备的人,”局长拉尔夫·特拉扎斯(Ralph Terrazas)之前告诉旁观者,然后在该部门市中心培训中心附近的一个庞大停车场里松散了RS3。z6I世界播

The chief said he became aware of the value of firefighting robots when he saw one nicknamed Colossus on the news last year as it rumbled into the bowels of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral to take up the fight after human firefighters had to flee the building as the roof threatened to collapse. Colossus was widely credited with helping save both lives and the building. z6I世界播


“It got me thinking about the large fires we have here in Los Angeles. We had one of those fires early this morning in downtown,” the chief said of a blaze that torched two downtown businesses before 130 firefighters, including one who suffered minor injuries, extinguished it. z6I世界播


A similar one last month destroyed a nearly finished apartment building for homeless and low-income people as it sent a scaffolding crashing down onto an adjacent building. z6I世界播


“Those fires sometimes cause us to back out our firefighters because we're concerned about the potential for a building collapse,” Terrazas said, adding firefighters must then resort to fighting the blaze from the outside, using hook-and-ladder trucks. z6I世界播


“This is effective but it takes a long time and uses much more water than we normally have to if we had interior attack." z6I世界播


As Capt. Jason Ortiz ordered RS3 around with a device strapped to his waist that resembled a big video game controller, the robot blasted a fierce steam of water high into the air, shoved an old junked car out of its way and rumbled over a pile of debris as it dragged a pair of huge fire hoses behind it. z6I世界播

当杰森·奥尔蒂斯上尉(Capt.Jason Ortiz)腰上绑着一个类似于大型电子游戏控制器的设备,命令RS3四处走动时,这个机器人向空中喷射出一股猛烈的水蒸气,把一辆废弃的旧车推开,在后面拖着一对巨大的消防水龙,隆隆地越过一堆残骸。z6I世界播

During a fire, Ortiz said, RS3 can recognize his commands from a quarter mile away. z6I世界播


Terrazas said it will not only be able to rush into a burning building, but push debris out of its way as it does so, opening a path later for its fellow human firefighters. On a freeway, it can push a car out of the way to get to a burning tanker truck. In a pinch, it can even rescue a horse trapped in a ditch. z6I世界播


To accomplish that latter task, firefighters must now call in a helicopter to lift the horse to safety. With its strength and its off-road capability, RS3 can simply walk the animal out to safety, saving time and money. z6I世界播


At the moment the LA Fire Department may be the only one in the country to have such a robot. But the chief doesn't expect that to be the case for long. z6I世界播


“I know New York is looking at it right now,” he said. Ortiz added that firefighters in Fort Worth, Texas, are acquiring one. z6I世界播


The main prohibition is price. RS3 cost the Fire Department $278,000, with the non-profit Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation picking up the tab. That prompted Terrazas to offer profuse thanks to the foundation and its many sponsors. z6I世界播


As for the robots, "They're using them a lot in China right now," Ortiz said. "But their firefighters are a little different. They use them more for exterior fires. So we're going to be the first department to truly start testing it it out on interior.” z6I世界播


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