AFD demonstrates life-saving robot

The Austin Fire Department ran tests on an Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, in New Braunfels on Monday.

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The Austin Fire Department ran tests an Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, in New Braunfels on Monday.

AFD's Robotics Emergency Deployment (RED) Team evaluated the personal flotation robot that is designed for use in swift water. AFD said EMILY is already being used in California and Northern Arizona for some of their swift-water calls.

"There's a lot of great technology that's out there now, and that is being used by everybody. But this is an area we can technology to save people's lives, and that's pretty exciting for us," said Coitt Kessler, program manager for RED Team.

The manufacturer says the remote-controlled buoy can deliver life jackets or a rescue line to a swimmer in distress at speed up to 22 miles per hour.

Go here to learn more about EMILY.


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