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Backdraft, the 1991 firefighter
movie soap opera starring Kurt Russell, is pretty underrated within its genre. Some fires happen. Some Kurt happens. What more could you really want? Better jokes! Jetpacks! Dubai is doing exactly that with their recent decision to sign a contract with the Martin Aircraft Company to purchase 20 jetpacks and two training simulators for the Dubai Civil Defense service. "Sometimes we have challenges or difficulties to reach the top floors of those buildings," Lt. Col Ali Hassan Almutawa tells BBC News. "The [jetpacks] can go into confined spaces to size-up the situation."
The jetpacks are designed to be used in a "first-responder role," according to the Verge. These particular jetpacks, armed with the ability to fly as high as 3,000 feet and as fast as 45 miles an hour, will run the Dubai Civil Defense around $150,000 each. The packs are planned to be modified with the addition of thermal imaging cameras.
As previously reported, Dubai is kind of the place to be right now for all the exciting jetpack progress. Dubai: Since you've chosen to boldly go where no jetpack has gone before with such resilience, shall we also count on you to deliver a jetpack-centered Backdraft reboot?