Remote Access Firefighting Assistance Vehicle Operational Field Assessment Report   [open pdf - 2MB]

Taken from the Executive Summary: "In support of the TechSolutions Program within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) conducted an independent and comprehensive operational field assessment of the commercially-available Remote Access Firefighting Assistance Vehicle (RAFAV) which is manufactured by Howe and Howe Technologies. The purpose of the field assessment was to provide an opportunity for firefighters to test and evaluate the effectiveness of the RAFAV during simulated emergency response operations to determine if it would be a valuable tool for the firefighting community. The RAFAV is a remotely controlled, tracked vehicle to assist firefighting activities. It has the capability to tow charged and uncharged hose lines for water supply to its remotely controlled monitor nozzle. This allows the RAFAV to be used as a portable hydrant for water supply and allows water delivery through the monitor nozzle or two connections for additional handlines. […] The results of the field assessment indicate that the RAFAV is highly efficient in providing a remotely-controlled water supply. The overall opinion of the test subjects is that the RAFAV is easy to operate, extremely rugged, durable, and field repairable; the test subjects indicated the firefighting community would benefit from the technology. […] The RAFAV provides an option to placing firefighters in dangerous and potentially deadly situations during certain fire scene operations."

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