Fire service finds it “hard to imagine” operations without drone use after plant blaze


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has commended the importance of drones in its work after battling asphalt plant blaze.

The team released aerial drone footage showing the effort to put out an industrial fire at Pounder Emulsions in Transcona on Monday.

According to a report by CBC news, the blaze broke out at the asphalt plant at 10am and sent plumes of smoke and a toxic stench into the air that led to evacuations and put thousands of under an order to stay indoors.

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It went on to detail how fire chief John Lane said the drone had become an integral role in helping crews keep the blaze, which threatened roughly four million litres of asphalt oil from spreading.

In a media conference, he said: “It’s hard to imagine how we would have done with this without that aerial perspective.”

He went on to add how this case was the fifth time crews had used the drone since the service picked it up in July.

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