Drones to assist during Western Cape fire season

Western Cape’s emergency services have landed a helping hand of drones. They will be used to locate and identify mountain fires and assist firefighting crews put out fires. eNCA’s Nobesuthu Hejana has the story. Courtesy #DStv403

 

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape’s emergency services have landed a helping hand of drones.

They will be used to locate and identify mountain fires and assist firefighting crews put out fires.

“The drone is going to aid in getting quicker to the patient, finding them and making the whole rescue operation a lot sooner," said Fabian Higgins, EMS Flight Operations Manager.

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"Hopefully, because we [are] saving a lot of time dispatching people to look on the mountain… with the thermal imaging camera we can pick heat signatures and identify people on the mountain.”

The health department in the province says these drones won't replace current methods used, but will give a quick assessment during an emergency.

Western Cape Health authorities say they plan to expand the use of these drones, even in remote rural areas as well as the Garden Route. 

* eNCA’s Nobesuthu Hejana reports.

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eNCA

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