California crews focus on technology to fight fires

With the 2019 fire season in gear, crews in California and around the country are increasingly turning to technology to fight fires.

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 3:47 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2019 4:34 PM

CALIFORNIA - With the 2019 fire season in gear, crews in California and around the country are increasingly turning to technology to fight fires.

This week, first responder agencies will be in Colorado training on how to use drones for worst-case scenarios such as train wrecks, Haz-Mat situations, fires and search and rescue.

Some drones are able to fly through tight spaces, see through smoke and flames and some even have thermal cameras to find possible victims.

"This is the best tool that we've gotten since the fire hose," said Matt Sloane, the CEO of Skyfire. "So instead of getting out, putting your life in danger, walking behind a house, you can put the drone up in the air in 30 seconds, you can see what's going on." 

The goal is for the training and information first responders to learn and share how this will help during or after future emergencies. 

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