Like many other first responder teams, the Victoria Fire Department is exploring the use of drones for their operations.
According to the Times Colonist, they could be used for search-and-rescue missions, find the source of brush fires, or assess damage following an earthquake.
In the case of someone missing in the water, a drone will search faster and at a lower cost than a helicopter. “The ability to home in on the area and determine where our resources are best staged is a huge benefit for us,” Deputy Fire Chief Dan Atkinson told the paper.
They recently purchased three drones. With cameras and accessories, they cost nearly $20,000.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular amongst search and rescue and emergency response organizations.
North Shore Rescue, one of the busiest search and rescue operations in Canada, added a drone program last year.
More recently, Canada’s oldest fire department, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, has been looking into the very new technology for thermal imaging during a fire.
And earlier this year Emergency Management B.C. approved a pilot project that will see drone programs for search and rescue operations in Coquitlam, Kamloops, Ridge Meadows and Surrey.