No longer content with fighting fires the size of small candles, European roboticists have been developing practical fire fighting robots useful for search and rescue and detecting toxins in industrial fires.
According to their website, the View Finder robots are "Vision and Chemiresistor Equipped Web-connected Finding Robots". The main use of these robots is to send back visual and chemical information to firefighters dealing with industrial fires, which may be especially hazardous due to toxic chemicals and more importantly burning toxic chemicals.
The Guardian robots are focused on search, rescue and mapping in the same kind of environment.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s Neil Baugh and Dr Jacques Penders pose with a pair of Guardian Robots.