M.D. council approves UAV for Smoky River Fire and Rescue

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

Smoky River Fire and Rescue will be getting an unmanned aerial vehicle for their operations after the council for the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 approved the purchase during their meeting on Feb. 10.
Fire chief Marcel Maure discussed a proposal to purchase the UAV and highlighted the Zenmuse XT with a thermal camera and gimbal. He showed a video on YouTube.ca about the technical specifications of the UAV.
It has forward looking infrared (FLIR) and can help firefighters observe wildland fires and building fires. Using this UAV will reduce the danger to firefighters lives, he adds.
Council approved the purchase of the UAV for $10,570. They also approved the purchase of a Phantom Drone in the amount of $2,204, which will be used primarily for agricultural services.
Calls for service
Maure also gave his January report for calls for service.
Smoky River Fire and Rescue handled 11 calls for service and they are broken down as follows:
. Seven medical service calls.
. One STARS landing.
. Two monitored alarm calls.
. One motor vehicle collision.
New regional fire hall
On Feb. 11, council held a meeting about the new fire hall, to be built near the M.D. building. Look for a story about it in a future edition of the Smoky River Express.

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