Two EMILY Water-Rescue Robots Join Memphis (TN) Fire Department

EMILY is the newest member of the Memphis (TN) Fire Department, reports There are actually two EMILYs, neither are human, and both excel at rescuing people from bodies of water.

Equipped with life vests and a 2,000-foot rescue line, the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard (EMILY) robots are radio-controlled and can support up to eight people struggling in the water. Officials say EMILY is easier and faster to deploy than traditional apparatus.

The robots are made of kevlar and can be tossed from a bridge, helicopter, or riverbank. Since 2015, Memphis Fire has responded to 46 water rescues where these robots could have made a significant impact.

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