Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Police have invested in drone technology.
The investment is hoped to help tackle crime and gather aerial information at significant fire incidents to help keep firefighters, the public and other responders from unnecessary danger.
The latest collaboration from both organisations will see the drone used by the Fire Service to support operations at incidents such as urban search and rescue, disaster response, road collisions, hazardous materials and large scale fires.
This will work hand in hand with the Police which will use the technology to help find high-risk missing people, to support rural crime prevention and detection operations and to respond to major incidents.
The new equipment was demonstrated on Friday 29 March 2019 in front of local media at NFRS Headquarters in Arnold, Nottingham.
Bryn Coleman, area manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the collaboration lead, said: “We are delighted that we will be able to share this new resource with our police colleagues. A number of other fire and rescue services have utilised a drone at incidents and it is clear they can be very beneficial in carrying out water rescues and fighting fires.”
He added: “The drone gives us a perspective at an incident which can really make our job easier, helping us and our partners to provide an excellent service to the people of Nottinghamshire.”
Funded by both organisations, the collaboration has purchased two drones, one which will be used for training purposes.
A group of 10 officers from the force’s five response teams will be trained to fly the drone, a move which will ensure it can be flown at any point to help with incidents.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “This is great news for both organisations and will give the force another tool to be used to help tackle crime. We’ve had great support from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) units and we will continue to do so, however, they aren’t always available at short notice, so having our own drone will be a real advantage.
She added: “The new drone will give officers a chance to scan large areas in a very short time and could ultimately save lives.”
The new equipment will be available to be used at the end of next month.