Eye in the sky joins the fight against fire

MFB station officer Timothy Wadsworth with the device. Picture: Michael Copp

The MFB revealed its latest weapon in the battle against bushfires at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council conference in Melbourne last week.

It launched a pilot program for a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that gives emergency services a bird’s-eye view of an advancing fire.

MFB station officer Timothy Wadsworth is pictured showing how the device works. The UAV transmits real-time images to the MFB control unit and to the incident controller via a portable monitor.

MFB commander Will Glenn, who co-ordinated the project, said UAVs would give a more complete overview of an emergency situation.

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