Firefighters’ camera-equipped drone passes first test in North End blaze

It was, literally, a trial by fire Tuesday night for a new high-tech tool recently purchased by the city.

And the pricey thermal-imaging camera-equipped drone made a helpful debut, giving firefighters a valuable look inside a burning Selkirk Avenue building as they worked to keep it from spreading.

“Our drone was able to help the incident commanders really tactically decide where they were going to apply water streams, from an elevated vantage point,” Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service assistant Chief Jason Shaw said Wednesday morning.

“It actually saved us some time.”

Assistant fire chief Jason Shaw speaks to media about the department's use of a drone to aid firefighting. (Andrew Ryan / Winnipeg Free Press)/p

Assistant fire chief Jason

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