West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service bolsters UAVs capabilities

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has invested in a drone to give a bird’s eye view of incidents, which will help firefighters and officers when tackling large blazes.

The new drone can also be used to assist crews whilst dealing with a host of other incidents road traffic collisions, wildfires and animal rescues, along with more specialised incidents such as structural collapse, flooding, and incidents involving hazardous materials.

The drone showed just what it can do last week when there was a large scale fire in Kent Road, Pudsey.

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Area Manager Nick Smith said: “We have used our drone for the first time at a major fire at Pudsey last week and it has already proved invaluable. One of the problems we faced at the fire was visual access to the full perimeter due to the surrounding properties and their gardens.

“The drone overcame these difficulties for us and provided us with an eye in the sky for the Incident Commander which helps with their decision making and ultimately helps keep firefighters safe.

“The aerial footage helped the Fire Service better understand the extent of the fire and damage. It is also feeding into the ongoing fire investigation and operational debrief.”

The drone is currently being used on a six months pilot, following which the Service will assess its success.

A video of the firefighting mission can be found below.

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