- Nicky Clift
As of the 1 July 2020, Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) was formed, bringing together both MFB and CFA career firefighters to serve metropolitan Melbourne, outer urban areas and larger regional centres across Victoria.
In respect to RFT21/021, The RGV will be a remotely operated ground vehicle that can be deployed quickly from a Hazmat vehicle to carry out rapid reconnaissance, providing situational awareness to Hazmat Technicians, informing the response. This will include visual data (situational overview, reading container labels, placards or signage, thermal imaging for hot spots) and air monitoring data at a minimum. Hazmat incidents may include working in corrosive and toxic environments (hot zone), and the materials of construction should be suitable for these conditions. The RGV will not be operated in a flammable environment.
It is expected that the RGV will be stowed in the existing Hazmat appliance, preferably without requiring physical modifications, and will be easily deployed by one or two people. The RGV should be able to be deployed within 10 minutes of arrival if required and will be operated by Hazmat Technicians from a safe location (cold zone).
The RGV must be operable from at least 100 meters Line of Sight, pass through a standard doorway, and negotiate obstacles such as gutters, hose lines, cables and pallets. The RGV must support wireless live video streaming cameras including day/low light vision capability and thermal imaging. The RGV must be designed to carry FRVs current detectors, streaming the data back to the cold zone. The air monitoring intake must be able to be moved up and down on an extendable pole or arm to obtain data at different levels. The RGV will be used at incidents up to and exceeding 4 hours duration.
The control mechanism for driving the RGV should be simple, the control panel must display information from the equipment on board in a format that is easy to interpret and accessible to store and mirror in real time to additional remote displays (computers or other devices).
The communication of the data from the detector to the operator could be by either the on-board communications feed streaming back to the control panel, or by using radio frequency (RF) modems currently deployed by FRV for air monitoring. It is a requirement that the data is streamed live back to the operator so that the data can easily be correlated with the location/visual information of the RGV.
Invitees must ensure that they register their details at www.eprocure.com.au/frv/ to ensure they are kept informed of any changes that may arise in relation to this invitation to supply.