A volunteer-based mountain rescue team has taken its search capabilities to new heights with the addition of two drones.
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team announced it surpassed expectations and raised enough funds to procure two operational drones for use in search and rescue mission.
The funds were raised through a public appeal and the total exceeded the initial target of £6,000. The team has added that it will be keeping the fund open at the team’s MyDonate page as it expects to purchase further equipment in due course.
Working with Derby MRT, the team plans to train six pilots within BMRT and two with Derby MRT. As one member of Derby MRT is already qualified, this will give the team nine operational drone pilots within the next few months.
A spokesperson for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team said: “Introducing new technology like UAVs into the mountain rescue organisation requires us to be as well-trained and as safe in our flights as a commercial drone pilot.
“The drones will be used for lots of situations we haven’t even thought of yet. From crime scenes to helping find safe routes off the hill. The technology should be a valuable asset to our organisation and has started to prove itself in many areas around the world.”