06/03/12 104 W - + 6 - 2 DARPA Developing New Fire Suppression Method

Saw this mentioned in this morning's New York Times story about a innovations that will change our lives tomorrow. The video and accompanying news release is from January. The technology involves suppressing fire by destablizing flame plasma. The technology involves electromagnetic fields and acoustics techniques. The demonstration is very small scale. The issues are certainly many, the least of which is scability. Makes for exciting forward thinking. What if fire suppression was no longer water- or materials-based? What would the resources and equipment and support system (e.g. the fire service) look like, after that transformation!

I don’t know, but I would be all the engines and pumpers would have big flux capacitors. I mean, you gotta get one point twenty-one gigawatts of power from *somewhere…
Duda (Email) - 06/04/12 - 09:37

Let’s say this becomes the predominate method of extinguishment some decades in the future. Maybe through in-building and in-equipment systems, which addresses the majority of fires. In turn, let’s imagine that water and hose and other “heavy tools” become the exception, or the rarity. How does that alter the human resources equation? Fewer “strong backs,” more “strong minds.” Maybe a cadre of fire protection engineers becomes the norm? Of course, by this time, there will be robots or exoskeletons or such, to do the proverbial heavy lifting. Maybe even room and contents searching and such!
Legeros - 06/04/12 - 09:43

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