The drones have arrived in Hampton.
And the city’s first responders have huge plans for their use.
Think aerial searches for missing people, panoramic crime scene photos, battling structural fires, fatal traffic accidents or water rescues.
With four sleek, mini-copters — two “Inspires” and two “ DJI Phantom 4s” — each equipped with a forward-looking infrared [FLIR] camera, members of the Hampton Police Division Unmanned Aerial Vehicle [UAV] Unit say they are ready for a mission.
Headed by Hampton Police Sgt. Mark Kincaid, they are a 12-man squad comprised of members from both the police and fire divisions.
Up and running since January, the unit only has had two live missions on the books: an aerial crime scene photo and a request for assistance from the Virginia State Police to locate a wanted person fleeing an area.
But the team has logged plenty of training sessions and hopefully will do more as