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Dubai Civil Defense introduce jet pack and jet ski technology into its fleet

Fighting fires in the United Arab Emirates just got a hell of a lot cooler with the introduction of a new firefighting system that includes jet skis and water-powered jetpacks. The city hired New Zealand company Martin Aircraft to develop the system, according to Digital Trends. The city currently has 20 jetpacks: It paid about $35,000 for each.

The system, named Dolphin, was devised as a quick way for firefighters to battle blazes along waterways without first having to fight their way through traffic.

In a demonstration video released by the Dubai Civil Defense (DCD), we’re shown a firefighter speeding across the water on a Jet Ski as he makes his way to a car burning on a bridge, though in this case the flames are represented by smoke from flares.

Commenting on the initiative when it was first unveiled, DCD’s Lt. Col. Ali Almutawa said, “Dubai is one of the fastest-growing future cities in the world with its modern skyscrapers and vast infrastructure … the introduction of Martin jetpacks into our fleet of emergency response vehicles is another example of how Dubai leads the world.”

For more information, go to http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/dubai-water-jetpack-firefighter

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