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First responders prepare for disasters with drone training

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 6:41 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - First responders from around the region have been taking to the sky to lear how to use drones in the wake of disasters. Florida Highway Patrol troopers, firefighters, and police from across the state gathered at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park Thursday.

The first responders are learning how to map areas and assess damage from the air, and the drones boost their capabilities following hurricanes and other disasters.

“Drones can provide a lot of capability that traditionally came from manned aircraft, but they can do it at a much more effective, cost-effective price. Right so, it’s cheaper to do it via a drone. At the same time, though sometimes a drone can accomplish a mission safer,” said David Merrick with the Center of Disaster risk policy at Florida State University.

The drones are equipped with infrared and visible cameras, along with anti-collision sensors, so they can steer clear of things like buildings and power lines.

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