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Enclosed Firefighting ATV Can Go Into the Flames
In brief: A company called Yanko is showcasing a vehicle design by Liam Ferguson that can carry not only a firefighter into the flames, but also remotely-operated water and fire suppressant cannons.
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Manufacturer: Yanko / Liam Ferguson
Capable of carrying tow crew members inside its enclosed cab, this over-sized ATV can enter the fire without noticing the blaze.
Most current fire teams use Land Rovers, Jeeps, or similar vehicles to reconnoiter a forest fire, but those vehicles are not capable of withstanding a "burnover" (when flames fully engulf the vehicle) and carry very little water for flame protection.
The Amatoya has several technologies to allow it to enter the fire and allow for recon of the flames and the situation.
The water canons are mostly for clearing flames enough that the crew can see what is happening or for self-protection if needed. The vehicle itself is made of several fireproof components.
Protection is in layers, each providing a step of fire protection at a certain level of need. A dedicated water tank supplies a spray-down system that automatically engages when temperatures reach a specific point.
The windows are of aerogel laminated and heat tempered glass and this same lamination covers the body. Ceramic paints also protect the body should the temperature become too hot for the gel. The ceramics work as those on the space shuttle do, bubbling up into pockets of sacrificial protection.
The tires are of a special rubberized alloy that can withstand high temperatures and include air tanks and run-flat technology and the vehicle is capable of running on bare wheels if need be.
Seating inside is one in front of the other, with the driver at front and the canon operator and scout behind and higher up for a full view.
The vehicle carries a total of 1,800 liters of water not including the 400 liter auxiliary tank for the protective water spray.
And so ...
The ATV is four-wheel drive, of course, and is still currently a concept. A pretty cool one, though.
Photo credits: Yanko Design
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