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A Drone’s Eye-view to Assist Surrey’s Fire & Rescue Service

Published on: 1 Feb, 2024
Updated on: 2 Feb, 2024

One of the state-of-the-art drones.

Equipped with the latest technology including thermal imaging, high-resolution imagery and the ability to live stream footage directly to the control centre, the new and improved drones are also readily available 24/7 and can fly for longer and in more extreme weather. But the drones will be limited by safety parameters and pilots will make an assessment based on all information available at the time to determine if deployment is beneficial and safe.

Fire investigation officers at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, who are all specially trained to operate the equipment, first put drones into action in 2018 as part of a joint project with Surrey and Sussex Police. As an early adopter to trial the technology, and following its success, drones were soon identified as an essential tool in fire safety.

They’ve provided vital support during emergencies, such as flooding, hazmat (hazardous material) incidents, wildfires and missing persons investigations. The recent investment will further enhance how the service tackles these types of situations in protecting and safeguarding crews and the public.

Area Commander for Operational Response, Dave Nolan said: “Drones play a pivotal part in how we manage incidents, with specialist capabilities to save lives, locate casualties quickly, and reduce risks to our crews too.

“This £55,000 investment in state-of-the-art technology will only enhance our response. The new drones will provide incident commanders with the information they need to make rapid and informed decisions to reduce fire risks and other emergencies like never before.”

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Responses to A Drone’s Eye-view to Assist Surrey’s Fire & Rescue Service

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    February 1, 2024 at 8:35 pm

    Better to spend the money on a few bags of oil absorbant missing from fire engines currently!
    Re April 2023 A3 accident used local soil to soak up oil spill,

    Sometimes the simple is better than technical

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