Robotics and Fighting Fires

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st September 2022.

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What investment in robotics is being considered to assist in the fighting of fires by the LFB?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London Fire Brigade (LFB) is not currently investigating the use of robotics for firefighting. LFB has representation on both national and regional research and development forums and is not aware that robotics are currently being investigated at any of these forums.

LFB’s new Research and Development function will monitor this position to see whether this type of technology might be able to be used successfully to aid firefighting and improve firefighter safety in the context of London’s complex and varied built environment.

LFB is exploring the use of robotics in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). This is in the form of preliminary talks with the Ministry of Defence about the use of robotic dogs in search and rescue functions.