The Victoria Fire Department has caught drone fever

Feb 21, 2017 2:40:01 PM

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Like many other first responder teams, the Victoria Fire Department is exploring the use of drones for their operations.

According to the Times Colonist, they could be used for search-and-rescue missions, find the source of brush fires, or assess damage following an earthquake.

In the case of someone missing in the water, a drone will search faster and at a lower cost than a helicopter. "The ability to home in on the area and determine where our resources are best staged is a huge benefit for us," Deputy Fire Chief Dan Atkinson told the paper.

They recently purchased three drones. With cameras and accessories, they cost nearly $20,000.

Drones are becoming increasingly popular amongst search and rescue and emergency response organizations.

North Shore Rescue, one of the busiest search and rescue operations in Canada, added a drone program last year.

More recently, Canada's oldest fire department, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, has been looking into the very new technology for thermal imaging during a fire.

And earlier this year Emergency Management B.C. approved a pilot project that will see drone programs for search and rescue operations in Coquitlam, Kamloops, Ridge Meadows and Surrey.

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