Drones would have made op­er­a­tion quicker

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Earthquake: -

Rob Sher­wood said the fire ser­vice is equipped with drones now which could save time if a sim­i­lar dis­as­ter struck the area.

“Now we would stick a drone up to see the ex­tent of the dam­age,” he said.

“Drones have been in the ser­vice for a cou­ple of years but the technology is get­ting bet­ter.”

The cur­rent de­vices can­not fully op­er­ate in the dark or in the rain.

He added: “Things are get­ting bet­ter, to the point where we are us­ing them for search and res­cue op­er­a­tions.”

Drones can hover over large ar­eas and can spot dam­age.

On the day of the quake fire­fight­ers spent hours scal­ing the area to es­tab­lish whether any­one was trapped or in dan­ger.

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