Forget Robocop — California now has a robo-firefighter.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has become the first in the US to buy a robot that can battle blazes in areas too dangerous for human smoke eaters — and has already put it into active duty.
The department unveiled its bright-yellow colored Robotics Systems 3 (RS3), calling it a “game-changer” for the force in the wildfire-raved Golden State.
And it already showed its mettle Tuesday, heading into a warehouse inferno that was so dangerous 130 of its human colleagues had to be pulled back to safety, the Los Angeles Times said.
“I can afford to lose one of these wonderful machines, I cannot afford to lose a firefighter,” LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas told the paper of his new droid recruit.
The Smart-car sized machine is capable of blasting 2,500 gallons of water or foam per minute — enough power to knock someone off their feet.