In the future, the buzzing sounds of drones could be synonymous with the emergency sirens of fire trucks in Orange County if the fire chief gets his way.
Orange County Fire Rescue took its first step toward using unmanned aircraft in its work this week when county commissioners approved its request to apply for authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones.
Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd III said the drones can attach to a variety of tools including cameras, infrared cameras and portable defibrillators.
“All of these take the firefighters out of harm’s way and put the drone in the position to give us the operational intelligence we need to get when we’re on scene,” Drozd said.
The drones he would use weigh less than 55 pounds and have a range of about 4 miles, Drozd said. They can fly at speeds between 40 and 60 mph and have a