Drone Day: Firefighters Praise Drone Technology and It’s Usefulness
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – New technology has forward-thinking fire departments hoping to take action.
“No question. The advantages of drones are there,” Tucson Fire Department Capt. Julian Herrera said.
He spoke with Tucson News Now about how using the overhead drone view provides perspective when fighting structure fires, and in swift-water rescues.
In those emergency situations, that bird’s eye view has not been easily available. It’s a camera shot that can descend directly upon rushing water when a human life hangs in the balance.
“Swift-water rescues are fast and rapidly developing incidents. If we get word that a patient enters the water at a certain point, it doesn’t take much time for them to be somewhere completely different,” Herrera said.
It’s why he said the Tucson Fire Department is working to add a drone as one of the many potentially effective tools they hope to have in their arsenal.
Finding that person quickly is the ultimate concern when knowing where to look can be the difference between life and death.
“We do get those instances where someone does get swept away. Without question, it could be extremely beneficial in those situations,” Herrera said.
The Northwest Fire District already has a licensed drone pilot in Deputy Chief Scott Hamblen. He is trained and ready to go, as his department also works to get new drone technology up in the air. Continue reading about drone day.
(Source: Tucson News Now)