Summit Township Fire Department Bolsters Water Rescue Capabilities with Underwater Drone

In Jackson County, Michigan, water rescues are taking a leap into the future, thanks to an innovative now in use by the Summit Township Fire Department. The drone was showcased in an insightful demonstration led by Joseph Rayburn and Donovan Green on Thursday, May 18.

Their tool of choice is the QYSEA FIFISH V6 Expert Underwater ROV, a drone that can plunge to depths of 600 feet and endure temperatures ranging from a frigid -14 degrees to a scorching 140 degrees.

“It can be used during the day, night, spring, summer, fall, or winter,” Rayburn said, emphasizing its adaptability.

A critical feature of the drone is its camera, which broadcasts live footage from beneath the water surface directly to tablets in the hands of the rescuers. This real-time view of the underwater environment is invaluable for effective operations.

During the demonstration, firefighters from the Napoleon Township Fire Department reportedly looked on as the drone was tasked with locating a dummy submerged at the bottom of Vandercook Lake.

Images courtesy of Sydney Verlinde |

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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