Thankfully not all of our first responders share the same attitudes towards drones. In South Florida, drones are being tested by Pompano Beach Fire Rescue. The goal is to test the feasibility of using drones in ocean rescue situations and the results have been promising. In addition to the value drones can provide South Florida beach goers on the water, they also can help over the sand. A bird’s-eye view is particularly useful when you are trying to track down lost children.
Lifeguards at one South Florida beach may soon get some backup watching the water from drones.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue is hoping to equip drones with cameras to help pinpoint the location of swimmers in distress, as well as gearing them to drop life preservers. The city hopes to demonstrate how rescue crews could help save lives.
During a demonstration Thursday morning, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue Chief John Jurgle said, “We’re out here today testing the feasibility of using drones in the ocean rescue venue. What we’re looking into is utilizing the drone, as well as ocean rescue lifeguard, to deploy to a distressed swimmer. The drone’s purpose is to drop a floatation device to the swimmer, if the drone got to the swimmer before the lifeguard.”