October 18, 2016 11:11 am
Updated: October 18, 2016 12:18 pm

Winnipeg fire department gets money for drones

WATCH: Drones have become increasingly popular over years, and now the Winnipeg fire department is hoping to use them in emergency situations.


WINNIPEG — The city’s innovation committee has approved a $31,720 pilot project that would see drones used in emergency situations for the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service.

On Tuesday, a proposal for the project provided to city councillors said drones “can provide a significant variety of safety and tactical advantages to FPS personnel.”

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The funding, if approved, would go towards buying a drone system and training.

The proposal said using drones would help their response efforts in a number of areas including water rescues, inspecting hazardous materials and fire scene response and reconnaissance.


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