Los Angeles Fire Department wants to double its drone fleet

Los Angeles Fire Department wants to double its drone fleet

It’s not certain how soon the LAFD might grow its fleet, but he referred to it as the “next iteration” of the program.

To some extent, the early success is the result of extensive training. An LAFD pilot receives up to 80 hours of training — that’s more than any commercial drone operator, Fields claimed. That’s not surprising when the LAFD’s drones are involved in life-saving situations, but it does show that drones’ effectiveness is linked tightly with that of their operators.

This could represent a peek at the future of firefighting. The LAFD is one of the largest fire departments in the US, having responded to nearly 500,000 calls in 2018 alone. Whatever successes it has with drones could serve as examples for other departments hoping drones will provide a better perspective (and better data) for their own firefighting efforts.

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