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Pulaski FD has new member

Pulaski Fire Department has a new member.
At three feet tall and 100 pounds, "Mel" is a lot smaller than his fellow firefighters, so he requires a special fire truck. But that’s no problem because he and his truck were able to join the department as the result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.
You see, Mel (his factory name) is a robot. He is the latest tool the department will use to encourage fire prevention and safety.
Pulaski Fire Marshal Chip Hutchinson said the robotic fire safety "firefighter" is capable of moving his head and mouth in sync with words and songs transmitted from a remote-controlled radio signal. The fire truck also is remotely controlled and is capable of moving forward, in reverse, and to the left and right.
The truck is equipped with red lights and a siren like the department’s real trucks and even has a "water cannon" mounted to the front.
Mel functions with or without the truck.
Hutchinson said the pair will be used in conjunction with Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog at fire prevention events held throughout the year. During Fire Prevention Week in October, Mel will join department members at county schools and daycares to help teach children about fire prevention and safety measures.
Hutchinson said the department is in the process of coming up with a "good name" to replace Mel’s factory-issued name.
Any organization that would like to have a Fire Safety program presentation should contact Hutchinson’s office at 994-8664 to schedule a time.
The robot and truck were purchased from Probotics America of Dallas, Texas.

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Pulaski FD has new member

Pulaski Fire Department has a new member.
At three feet tall and 100 pounds, "Mel" is a lot smaller than his fellow firefighters, so he requires a special fire truck. But that’s no problem because he and his truck were able to join the department as the result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.
You see, Mel (his factory name) is a robot. He is the latest tool the department will use to encourage fire prevention and safety.
Pulaski Fire Marshal Chip Hutchinson said the robotic fire safety "firefighter" is capable of moving his head and mouth in sync with words and songs transmitted from a remote-controlled radio signal. The fire truck also is remotely controlled and is capable of moving forward, in reverse, and to the left and right.
The truck is equipped with red lights and a siren like the department’s real trucks and even has a "water cannon" mounted to the front.
Mel functions with or without the truck.
Hutchinson said the pair will be used in conjunction with Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog at fire prevention events held throughout the year. During Fire Prevention Week in October, Mel will join department members at county schools and daycares to help teach children about fire prevention and safety measures.
Hutchinson said the department is in the process of coming up with a "good name" to replace Mel’s factory-issued name.
Any organization that would like to have a Fire Safety program presentation should contact Hutchinson’s office at 994-8664 to schedule a time.
The robot and truck were purchased from Probotics America of Dallas, Texas.

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