Drones pose risk to firefighters

Drones pose risk to firefighters

Aerial water bombing would be suspended if drones are spotted above WA bushfires this summer, robbing ground crews of vital help and potentially risking lives and property.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services aviation director Derek Parks said unmanned drones, though small, could bring down a helicopter or plane.

Pilots of the department’s 22 bombers have been instructed to terminate operations if they see a drone nearby.

“That might not mean the aircraft lands immediately, it could mean they depart the area or go into a holding pattern until we’re assured that drones have been removed from the airspace,” Mr Parks said.

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