Textron Systems Corporation’s subsidiary, Howe and Howe Inc., has announced a new addition to its line of Robotic Firefighters – the Thermite EV2, an all-electric vehicle with a handheld controller. The company introduced its new robot vehicle at the Fire Department Instructors Conference.
Thermite EV2 will enable firefighters to safely accomplish their jobs, joining the existing robot firefighters, including RS1 and RS3.
Howe & Howe unveiled its latest technology at @FDIC International 🚒—Thermite™ EV2 Electric Firefighting Robot and Handheld Controller. Stop by booth #9047 and check it out! 🔥
— Textron Systems (@TXTSystems) August 5, 2021
Thermite EV2 is an electric firefighting robot managed by a software-driven controller that effectively targets fires with modular design, featuring a multi-position nozzle and various accessories.
Unlike the RS1 and RS3 Robots that run on a combustible oil-cooled engine, the Thermite EV2 is powered using an electric motor.
The long battery life and the ability to work in high temperatures and dangerous situations increase the firefighters’ capabilities while keeping a safer standoff distance.
Moreover, the Thermite EV2 is the first Thermite Firefighting Robot controlled by a cutting-edge handheld remote control. It has an eight-inch in-built screen that provides information about its surroundings in real-time with an option to record. To ensure operators have the most current, reliable technology at their end, the controller will receive regular software updates.
In addition to their ability to cross rough terrain, Thermite fire fighting robots can also resist exposure to harsh elements. Advanced technology, unmatched mobility, and extraordinary endurance make the system a vital companion for firefighters worldwide.
The Senior Vice President of Howe & Howe, Geoff Howe, says that Thermite EV2 and new handheld controllers were designed to provide firefighters with the most powerful tools based on user feedback.
He further adds that all the future Thermite models will be powered by all-electric technology and equipped with a handheld controller capability for first responders to fulfill their tasks and come home safely, providing them with the most excellent output.
The firefighting robot can help firefighters in vanishing big fires more effectively. This type of equipment will likely be a necessity for a growing number of countries seeing the current situation of wildfires.
Currently, six large wildfires are occurring in Greece, Turkey, Italy, Russia, the United States, and Canada. It’s been months since a fire in Siberia erupted there, and this week, smoke from that fire reached the North Pole for the first time in history.