Excerpts from wifr.com:

Rockford’s Fire Department is one of the first in the country to use drone technology to help with controlling fires and investigating them afterwards.

“It can stitch together a live map while you’re flying it, so basically you can have a damage assessment almost immediately available after flying it over a large area,” says Rockford Fire Leutenant, Trevor Hogan.

After recording footage, firefighters can make 3-D models of fire scenes.

The fire department mainly uses this technology for large building fires like the recent Hanley Building and two fires in vacant buildings on 7th St. in downtown Rockford. All three of those fires are still under investigation.

“You’re just collecting information/data that can be used at many different stages of the fire. Information can be used to keep people safer, firefighters safer,” says Hogan.

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