A Maryland fire department has purchased three unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to assist in various operations.
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department believes the aircraft will be an invaluable resource, according to an article by CBS DC. The UAS can help target the precise location of a blaze using high-definition cameras to send photographs and videos to crews on the ground.
Moreover, the aircraft can help firefighters avoid danger by more accurately determining the structural stability of a burning building.
In addition to helping combat fires, the UAS will be employed for land and water rescue operations. Situations involving hazardous materials, suspicious packages, car crashes and construction accidents are other instances in which the fire department anticipates using the drones.
Read the full CBS DC article here.