One of the many hazards of emergency services work is being in an unfamiliar building or in a low-visibility environment. It makes moving difficult and dangerous along with making rapid exit almost impossible. But recently MIT researchers have built a backpack with automatic building mapping that builds maps of the interior in real-time. Now they just need to incorporate a location reporting feature and incident commanders can monitor everyone’s position and this could be one of the greatest advances in interior fire attack since the SCBA.
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