The Morinville Fire Department is fighting fires, smarter.
Their department is partnering with A3UAV, to add a drone to their arsenal.
The Aeryon SkyRanger is ready to deploy at any time, using a thermal camera to help locate fire hot spots, stray embers and heat signatures that can assist firefighters.
“We started researching the use of UAV’s (Unmaned Aerial Vehicle) in firefighting operations after a large condo fire we responded to on July 11, 2015. We found a YouTube video taken by a resident who had a recreational drone fly over the site after operations had ceased. I realized the potential this could have and the great resource a UAV could have in firefighting operations,” said Morinville Fire Chief, Brad Boddez.
The drone can also provide detailed site assessment from over 1,000 feet away with a powerful, large zoom camera, allowing firefighters and investigators to inspect the site from a safe location.
It's also able to withstand the harsh and rapidly changing conditions of northern Alberta. It's one of the only drones on the market that can fly in -30 C.
A3UAV will be providing the fire department with ongoing training and operational support.