Transforming Firefighting Strategies
In downtown Morristown, a challenging fire at the old Parks-Belk building became the impetus for an innovative firefighting approach. Struggling to contain the fire, Morristown Fire Department turned to an unexpected ally: Drone Technology from the Morristown Police Department.
Drone Intervention: A New Perspective
The police department's drone, typically used for investigations, came equipped with a licensed pilot, Zach Jones, and crucial thermal technology.
This drone's capabilities allowed for an aerial view of the fire, pinpointing hot spots previously difficult to detect.
Firefighters, who traditionally entered dangerous zones with handheld devices, gained a significant advantage.
“It helped us put it out even faster,” remarked Battalion Chief Shane Kyle.
Impact and Future Prospects
This reportedly first-time application of drone technology in firefighting not only accelerated the extinguishing process but also ensured firefighters' safety by reducing direct exposure to hazardous conditions.
The success of this operation in Morristown suggests a promising future for integrating drone technology in emergency response, potentially revolutionizing firefighting strategies.
As of the latest updates, the West Main Street area remains closed for safety assessments, but the effective use of drone technology marks a significant step forward in managing such urban emergencies.
Video screen grabs courtesy of Action News 5.
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