The Big Rapids Township Fire Department of Mecosta County, Mich., is now the owner of two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which will be used in applications such as fire surveillance and search-and-rescue operations.
According to coverage from UpNorthLive.com, the department received a $7,800 grant from Calgary, Alberta-based TransCanada Corp. to purchase the aircraft. The report notes that the department has not yet obtained federal authorization to put the drones to work.
The department says on its Facebook page that the firefighters are currently in training on how to operate the quadcopters, which came from Darley Robotics.
The full UpNorthLive.com article can be found here.