Winnipeg fire department could start using drones in emergencies


WINNIPEG — Winnipeg’s Fire Paramedic Service (FPS) is looking for the city to approve a $31,720 pilot project that would see drones used in emergency situations.

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.