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Disaster solutions institute aims to improve firefighting methods

Image: Australian National University

Australian centre makes firefighting a priority with work on detection and water bombing

Researchers at the Australian National University’s recently established Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions are developing plans for a fleet of firefighting drones to be deployed across south-east Australia.

At an online event run by the institute on 25 May, researchers outlined their work on early detection of fires and ways to fight them, including a proposal for “water gliders” that would bomb hard-to-reach fires with a fine mist.

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