This article is published in collaboration with Quartz.
Looking like a cross between a Transformer and one of those machines that wraps up Christmas trees, a new robot is being tested by the New South Wales Fire and Rescue department.
The fire-fighting robot can shoot out mists of water or foam from 60 meters (197 feet) or jets of water from 90 meters (295 feet) away. It was first deployed at a fire in Sydney last week, and will be used for brushfires this coming summer.
“This puts FRNSW [Fire & Rescue New South Wales] firefighters ahead of the game when it comes to managing hazardous fires and other emergencies where firefighters cannot safely approach the flames, for example when there is a danger of explosion,” Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said in the release.
Elliot said that the TAF 20 also has a bulldozer blade that can be used to clear debris.
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Author: Mike Murphy is a reporter at Quartz, covering technology.
Image: Firefighters attempt to extinguish a bushfire at the Windsor Downs Nature Reserve, near Sydney. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz.