Yes, that’s a firefighter, riding on a jet of water to bravely tackle a car fire.
In the one-minute video released by Dubai Media Office, we see a member of Dubai Civil Defence zipping along Dubai Creek on a red and yellow jet ski, before strapping on a water jetpack and rising up into the air.
They then hover expertly on two plumes of water, as they direct a hose towards a white van that seems to have burst into flames on Dubai’s Maktoum Bridge.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) January 21, 2017
Called Dolphin (because it’s clever and great in water?), the innovative new firefighting service launched at Intersec 2017, a security and fire safety expo taking place in Dubai until 24th January.
Although it’s been showcased dousing a car fire, Dolphin’s role will be to fight blazes on boats and shoreline buildings.
As much of Dubai is by the water (especially since Dubai Canal completed), it’s a smart idea that will go hand-in-hand with floating firestations, another development recently announced by Lieutenant Colonel Ali Al Mutawa, head of operations at Dubai Civil Defence.