West Sussex invests in drone technology

West Sussex County Council is investing in drone technology to be used by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and help the unit co-ordinate resources on the ground.

The aerial perspective offered by unmanned aerial vehicles will also help the council use the technology for surveying buildings, check roofing, bridge inspections and potentially for use in other community work. The drone also has thermal imaging so can be used at night.

Louise Goldsmith, leader of the council, said: “I’m really excited we have bought this new equipment to expand on the really fantastic work our fire and rescue service does. I know by investing in these pieces of equipment they will help save lives. There are also some really exciting opportunities for us to use the drone across the council and we are one of the first local authorities to have invested in one. I look forward to seeing it in action.”

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