Colorado Springs, Colorado 2022-05-18 20:57:54 –
Colorado Springs — The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) has received a large donation from the Colorado Springs Fire Foundation to purchase a new drone.
A check ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 18, and CSFD received $ 33,000 to purchase the DJI Matrice 300 RTK, a drone that supports many aspects of fire and rescue operations. According to CSFD, drones can help find missing or injured hikers, identify and assist with the causes of smoke in mountainous areas, wilderness, and urban areas, and identify the fastest route to potentially inaccessible emergency calls. increase.
The drone has three camera systems: 23x zoom, wide-angle camera, and infrared (IR), with a flight time of 55 minutes that allows the crew to stay in the scene while responding. According to CSFD, the drone has already been used to fight the Silver Charm fire and moved rapidly towards a house near Inter Quest Parkway in April. The technology provided by this drone means that firefighters can save lives and property ahead of the fire, as demonstrated by the Silver Charm fire.
“One of the challenges in a wildfire is the smoke it produces, which makes it very difficult to identify the surroundings of a wildfire,” said Stephen Dubay, Deputy Chief of CSFD. “And by having a drone, you can fly it over the fire and the infrared camera can see through the smoke, so you can identify the surroundings … so that the incident commander can move the fire. You will have the opportunity to place a firefighter where you are. “
This video, provided by CSFD, shows exactly what the drone captured in the scene and the hotspots hidden under the smoke.
The drone has already been purchased and used by CSFD, but donations are refunded to the department, freeing up more resources for fire and rescue services.
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