Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District incorporates drones into fire training

Published: May. 12, 2018 at 11:11 PM CDT
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ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District incorporated its new drones into a controlled burn training session for new recruits.

Six recruits and five high school cadets had the opportunity to practice their firefighting skills in a real-life scenario. The training house was donated by the Roscoe Methodist Church. The district tried out its new drone during the process. This technology helps firefighters get an aerial view of the fire, this way they can preplan their attack before entering. The drone only takes a few seconds to get footage of the whole fire.

"It’s a new technology; it's something that's kind of emerging in the fire service. It's learning how to implement a drone into search and rescue scenarios, commercial fires, and regular structure fires. We can use these things in almost every aspect of the fire service, so it's fun to learn different ways we can make our processes more efficient," said Jason Street, a Firefighter Paramedic with the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District.

The district hopes the use of the drones will help make firefighters jobs safer.