Licensed to drone

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… firefighter?

Six members of the Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Department recently became licensed pilots and the department acquired a military-grade drone hoping they can utilize the technology to help keep the community safe.

“At the Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Department we are always looking for better ways to protect the community and looking to technology is one of those ways,” said Scott Topping.

After reading how fire departments and emergency responders were using drones across the country, company member Kevin Ambrogio, Topping and four others began looking into using a drone at their own department.

In October, the group got licensed and the department bought a drone for $26,000. The equipment purchased includes two quadcopters, drones with four propellers, and one controlling device. According to Ambrogio, the specific drone purchased was designed with military

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