When a fire broke out at a Branford, Conn. quarry on Jan. 30, 2014, Fire Chief Jack Ahern knew it was more complex than most incidents—the quarry housed explosives for a blasting company.
The fire department needed eyes on what was going on, so the chief turned to volunteer firefighter Peter Sachs, who offered his small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the fire department's use. Sachs says it “turned out to be the perfect example of why a drone could be useful to the fire service.”
“I flew it up and over the fire with the chief looking over my shoulder at the video because it has a live video feed,” said Sachs.
The video the UAS captured is what the chief used to decide if it was safe enough to send in firefighters.
“Through his knowledge and experience, he was able to determine that the fire was far enough away from the explosives for them to safely send in fire department personnel,” said Sachs.
Images courtesy of the Branford Eagle.