Drones: Fighting Emergencies From the Air in South Florida

  • Source: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami
  • Published: 05/04/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A tool has landed at Miami-Dade and Broward Fire Rescue and it’s proven to be a gamechanger for emergencies in South Florida. Drones have really proven to change the dynamic for firefighters in our area. It’s something we could only see more of in the future. “It’s been completely a blessing for the fire department,” said Chief Andres Liriano with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. “It’s a huge change, we’re talking about an increase in accountability, they can track personnel throughout the scene. It also gives them another view of the scene they’ve never seen before,” said Sean Quitoni, an engineer and drone operator for Broward Fire Rescue. It’s a view of an emergency that includes 4K cameras, optical zoom, infrared capability and allows rescue crews both in Miami-Dade and Broward to get up close and personal. “Well, with remote areas we are huge for that. There have been cases where there have been missing jet skiers in the mangroves that air rescue can’t get a view of because of the mangroves,” said Miami-Dade Fire Captain Derek Foster.


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