Drones to the Rescue


 (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  Emergency Responders in Lycoming County took part in a unique training session on Wednesday.  They learned about using drones for search and rescue.  Eyewitness News Reporter Morgan Parrish has the story.

It’s the new way of the world. With technology advancing each day, it only makes sense that drones would play a part in coming to the rescue.

  “We’re looking forward to training that’s going to assist us in acts of reconstruction and also search and rescue techniques,” Said Chief Joseph Hope, Old Lycoming Township Police Department.

 “To finding lost children or finding elderly people that may have wandered off somewhere.”  Noted Douglas Spotted Eagle, Director of Education “Sundance Media Group’

The  “UAV’s in Public Safety Roadshow” is designed to educate emergency responders, including law enforcement, EMS, and fire.

“When the local municipalities start throwing things up in the sky it’s really important that they’re well trained so they know how to control and operate those vehicles.” Said Douglas Spotted Eagle.

And the drones help save manpower.

 We can just have the drone fly over and drop a life preserver into the water.” Added Paul Vavra, EMT Duboistown Fire EMS

While also increasing safety.

 “Rather than putting people in harm’s way we’ll be using an area platform that can do the same job,” said Chief Hope

 Perhaps more importantly “Essentially the aircraft becomes a force multiplier so it becomes a camera and sensing device that’s up in the air.” Said Douglas Spotted Eagle.

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