New York City firefighters are the first to have a drone join the team. The New York Times reports that the firefighting drone is undergoing testing before being released onto the field. It’s expected to be ready in the next few weeks.
The fire-fighter red drone will assist the NYC Fire Department with gathering information about a fire so the team can make the best decisions possible on how to fight the blaze. The drone takes both standard video and infared photos giving the NYCFD as much information as possible from above (The New York Times).
The NYCFD has been proactive in taking advantage in new technology to assist their work. Digital Trends reports the fire department already uses tablets, smartphones, and Wi-Fi hotspots. It was only a matter of time before a drone joined their team.
While it only makes sense to allow the firefighting drone into airspace, despite any drone regulations, The New York Times reports about three quarters of the city is considered restricted airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration has made an agreement with the fire department that the drone may enter the restricted areas, but they’ll need FAA approval first.
Something tells us fire departments across all major cities in America will be following suit if the drone proves helpful. With aerial images providing more information to the team on the ground, we can’t imagine it wouldn’t.