PHOTOS: Drones have been used for everything ranging from a fun hobby to real estate photography. Now in the Valley, the devices are being used by the Phoenix Fire Department to help save lives.
The Phoenix Fire Department began using drones this month to help firefighters locate people who need rescue and to give emergency crews real-time information during structure fires and hazmat situations.
Fire Chief Mike Duran said the drones protect both civilians and firefighters.
“What we are bringing here today is innovation for us here in the Phoenix Fire Department, but also for the city of Phoenix,” Duran said. “What opportunities for us to use a tool and a resource that’s going to help with response to the community, as well as help for the safety of our firefighters.”