TMFMD drone technology deployed to assist local firefighters - pic of a fire site

Recently Timber Mesa’s drone was deployed over a structure fire incident to assist in the fire investigation by providing pictures of the fire scene without having to place personnel in the hazard zone near downed power lines and smoldering debris.

SHOW LOW — Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District (TMFMD) has recently placed into service a Spark III drone to assist with incident command, search and rescue, training evolutions and much more.

The Spark III drone is equipped with mechanical stabilization and a camera so that fire personnel can get an overhead view of emergency incidents and training exercises. The drone has already been used to record training evolutions so that crews can critique their performance more effectively.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that drone pilots have a FAA Airmen Certificate. Timber Mesa currently has two certified drone pilots with more who are currently in training. Additionally, unmanned aircraft must be registered with the FAA.

TMFMD drone technology deployed to assist local firefighters - pics of fire staff from above

Timber Mesa’s drone was can be deployed over a fire incident to assist in the fire investigation by providing pictures of the fire scene without having to place personnel near hazards such as downed power lines or smoldering debris.

Timber Mesa’s drone program is being used during training exercises such as structure fire drills and medical training scenarios. A recording of the evolution is then assigned to the crews on the Fire District’s online training platform and the crews are required to review the video and critique any mistakes.

TMFMD drone technology deployed to assist local firefighters - pic of residential fire site

Recently Timber Mesa’s drone was deployed over a structure fire incident to assist in the fire investigation by providing pictures of the fire scene without having to place personnel in the hazard zone near downed power lines and smoldering debris.

Recently Timber Mesa’s drone was deployed over a structure fire incident to assist in the fire investigation by providing pictures of the fire scene without having to place personnel in the hazard zone near downed power lines and smoldering debris.

Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

(1) comment

n3081x

Laura , please continue to get secondary source to go over your articles when you’re talking about technical issues and or federal rules and regulations. Wow the use of drones by timber Mesa fire Department is a News worthy story there are a few glaring inaccuracies as to licenses and the Recreational use of drones.

(Reporter Laura Singleton's name as attached to this story in error. This story was submitted by TMFMD. - WMI)

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