Phoenix could become the latest Valley city to utilize drones for flying into dangerous situations or surveying public facilities.
City officials presented a three-phased plan on Wednesday for how it would like its departments to begin flying unmanned aerial devices within the next year. Phoenix firefighters hope to launch their first drones by this summer, followed by the parks department and then the city's police department. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Walker said introducing drones across the city could help public safety agencies operate more efficiently as Phoenix continues to grapple with a staffing shortage.
"The drone program could really enhance our current staff as we go out to serve our community," Walker said. "We can simply do more with one person with a drone than maybe with two or three people in the same time frame."