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US4421204: Fire rescue system
6 Claims, No Drawings
This invention relates to a method and equipment for fire fighting and rescue in conjunction with high rise buildings. A balloon having a capacity for lifting objects is coupled with a gondola for transporting people and equipment to and from an elevated location. The balloon is movable vertically relative to the gondola so that the balloon may be positioned out of the way once the gondola reaches a desired working height. Also, the balloon is compartmentalized so that, if one or more compartments become deflated, the remaining compartments will have sufficient lifting capacity to hold the gondola and its cargo. Elevator means on the gondola is provided for raising and lowering people and equipment to and from the ground so that the gondola and balloon need not be raised and lowered on a continual basis. A water gun and harpoon gun disposed on the gondola along with other necessary fire fighting equipment provide for complete fire fighting and rescue from the elevated location.
- 1. A fire fighting and rescue unit for use in conjunction with high rise buildings, said unit comprising:trailer means for transporting equipment over the road;a balloon having a capacity for lifting objects from the ground,said balloon comprising a plurality of inflatable compartments disposed one in side of the other, each of said compartments being independent of the other, said compartments having a capacity for a quantity of gas such that if some of said compartments are deflated the remaining inflated compartments will continue to carry said load;a gondola for transporting people and equipment to and from an elevated location;means coupling said balloon with said gondola for raising and lowering the balloon relative to the gondola;means coupled with said gondola and operable from said trailer for raising and lowering people and equipment to and from said gondola when the latter is in an elevated location; andmeans for coupling said gondola with said trailer while said gondola is raised to a working level by said balloon.
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Foreign Patent Documents
|Document Number||Assignees||Inventors||Issue/Pub Date|
|DE2733801||WUERTH ADOLF SCHRAUBEN||Mar 1943|
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