Avon FRS UAV investment
Avon Fire & Rescue Service has bought two drones, with the intention of deploying them at major incidents.
Discussing the technology, a spokesperson said: “Drone footage, with thermal and advanced imagery, will be streamed securely to incident commanders to inform effective decision making at the scene. The drones can be deployed into high-risk environments, improving firefighter safety by identifying key [dangers].”
Avon FRS temporary watch manager B, Sean Perry, said: “The drones have HD camera capability with multiple functions, including a high zoom lens and thermal imaging.
“The latter can be used to assist at incident locations where ordinarily fire crews wouldn’t be able to access. [The drones] will provide support at large scale incidents by allowing a broader oversight of the scene.”
Steve Gadd, on-call support officer based at Portishead station, said: “The drones are a huge piece of kit, and we are really fortunate that Portishead has been selected to store and operate them. It’s a privilege to be given this responsibility.”
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