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Watch Dubai's New Squad Of Aquatic Jetpack Firefighters

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Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockJan 23 2017, 22:11 UTC

Dubai Civil Defence via Twitter

Once only the domain of viral videos, Dubai has come up with a novel use for “Aquatic Jetpacks” to help battle their city’s blazing fires.

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The Dubai Civil Defence have announced plans for firefighters to use the jetpacks to reach high up on an inner-city bridge and douse cars with a high-pressure water hose straight from the waters below. The idea of Dubai’s firefighters using actual jetpacks to reach their high-rise skyscrapers has been stirring around the rumor mill for some time, but now they’ve released a video demonstrating the water-based “Dolphin” firefighting system.

You can watch a recently released video of the team in action, accompanied by some oddly epic music, below.

Rapid urbanization in the arid landscape of Dubai has led to a spate of skyscraper fires in recent years. This new announcement was unveiled along with a string of other safety regulations for construction to help address the issue. One of these was the (very vague) plan to use nanotechnology to combat fires.

So far, it’s just in its demo stage. However, this is just the beginning of high-tech projects in Dubai. Hyperloop One announced in November its first track might be built in Dubai in as little as five years' time. When it comes to their high-tech visions of the near future, it seems that Dubai does very few things in half-measures.

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