Local fire district purchases new drone
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A local fire district recently purchased a new drone to be shared with local fire officials and law enforcement.
Fire District #1 in the town of Elmira says the drone will be shared with the West Elmira Volunteer Fire Department and the West Elmira Police Department. The district says, they're the first fire district in Chemung County to start a drone program and are very excited to start using it.
"This particular drone is going to give us the ability to help us at fire scenes to identify hot spots and where fires are, whether its a structure or a forest fire or a brush fire. It can also be very useful for search and rescue, should we have somebody lost in the forest or along the river bank," says Fred Loomis, Fire Commissioner for Fire District #1 town of Elmira.
The drone also has a visual and infrared camera. The district says all of the drone's features, will help firefighters and assist police officers with search and rescue operations, as well as car accident investigations.
The fire district says they were able to purchase the drone with help from the town of Elmira supervisor.
"We were looking for grant money somewhere and the town of Elmira, the town supervisor, Neil Milliken realized that Casella Waste Systems shares a rebate with the county every year and the county shares some of that rebate with its legislative districts. So Neil put the wheels in motion for some of that Casella rebate money to find its way to the fire department, so that we could fund and actually buy the drone," said Loomis.