It can also be outfitted with cable cutters, cordless drills and various saws to cut through walls or into vehicles to access explosives, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Riley said.
Using a claw, the robot can pick up objects such as unattended bags or pipe bombs and place them inside a "total containment vessel" for transport to the city's bomb range.
The city's first explosive ordnance disposal robot, bought with grant funds in 2006, is too large to fit through interior doorways.
That means the bomb technicians have sometimes had to retrieve suspicious objects.
"If we can send a robot in first, we will," Niederhaus said.
The department also has a smaller robot for tasks such as checking under vehicles.
Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com
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