The fleet of firefighting robots in China is growing steadily: in April 2019, we delivered another six "TAF20" tracked vehicles to Nanchang. In total, several dozen extinguishing robots from EmiControls are already in use in China.
To protect the local subway from fires, Nanchang has purchased six tracked vehicles with extinguishing turbine. All six units are equipped with a fully automatic railway kit, which can be unfolded with ease via remote control. This allows a fast and flexible use of the extinguishing robot in subway shafts and tunnels.
The subway in Nanchang consists of two lines, another is currently under construction. The firefighting robots are positioned at six different stations so they can be deployed as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency.
Their activity is not limited to the extinguishing of fire only, but also to the ventilation of the shaft. In this particular case the aim is to reduce smoke as quickly as possible. Since the firefighting robots are steered by remote control, the firefighters can send them into the immediate danger zone while remaining a little bit at a distance.
The water mist also plays an important role: it quickly removes the heat from the fire, thus lowering the temperature and quickly extinguishing the fire. The way for the firefighters can be cleared and escape routes are created. With traditional extinguishing methods, the large amount of water often causes enormous damage. The atomization of the water in fine mist, however, reduces the amount of water drastically, thus limiting the water damage.
For China's economic development, the subway and rail network plays an important strategic role. Thus, investment in safety and efficiency of the lines is essential, in order to guarantee a smooth and uninterrupted flow of the same.