FDNY Uses Drone to Help Fight Building Fire

NY Post - March 08, 2017

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FDNY uses drone to help fight building fire - New York Post By Jazmin Rosa VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE GET AUTHOR RSS FEED March 7, 2017 | 1:13am

For the first time ever, the FDNY used a drone to help them fight a building fire, an FDNY spokesperson said.

The drone became the firefighters’ eyes in the sky Monday, as they worked to extinguish a 4-alarm blaze near Crotona Park North and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

The Incident Commander was able to get a birds-eye view of the burning 6-story residential building and help direct firefighters on the scene.

“We were able to get a good view of the roof, which allowed the Incident Commander on the ground to view the Firefighters as they were conducting roof top operations, venting the roof and putting water on the fire,” said FDNY Director of FDNY Operations Center, Timothy Herlocker.

The drone weighs in at approximately 8 lbs and sports both hi-def and infrared cameras, which are used to detect hot spots on a structure’s roof that would normally be out of sight.

A live feed is easily viewed from a remote station at the scene where the images are fed directly to the Incident Commander and senior Fire Department decision makers.