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Orange County Asks For Fire-Fighting Drones

Orange County Fire Rescue is moving forward on a plan to use drones to help fight fires. The drones can help fight fires by providing an aerial assessment of a situation like a forest or house fire.

During a structural fire, a drone with a camera can provide fast 360-degree views of the building, and determine the best way to fight the fire.

Officials told county commission drones can be used in other emergency situations – like delivering an automated external defibrillator to help a cardiac arrest patient.

Orange County Fire can now apply for an FAA permit to operate the drones. Further details will be discussed at an upcoming budget workshop.

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Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »