Dec 162019

Through a donation from the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department recently purchased three new drones. This high-flying technology gives firefighters a different vantage point during an emergency without having to send first responders into a dangerous situation.

“These are not your average drones,” said Tom Gwyer, Myrtle Beach Fire Chief. “These drones, with a price tag of roughly $3,000 each, provide a 360-degree aerial view of the scene, capturing high-definition video as a situation unfolds. The unmanned aerial tools are also equipped with an infrared camera allowing them to pick up heat signatures from a fire or a person’s body. They have a number of different capabilities including both a flashlight and speaker attachment that are useful for fires and ocean rescues,” he said.

 “These drones continue to help us keep our residents, tourists, and first responders safe, and we are most appreciative of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach,” Gwyer concluded. 

Photo credit: WBTW/Myrtle Beach Fire Department

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