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Northeast Nebraska firefighters receive drone training

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Norfolk Fire Drone Training

NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - The Norfolk Fire Division, along with some other local firefighters was recently trained on game-changing technology, drones!

Fire Reserve Aaron Beckman said he's used the drone for many tasks, such as county mapping, fires, search and rescue, and the 2019 floods. He said when it comes to a fire, the drone is a very useful tool.

"With a fire, the drone is really useful because we can see what the rough structure is over the structure. We can locate hotspots. You know with our aerial apparatuses that we have, we can better direct the hose streams and stuff like that," said Beckman.

Beckman also said the drone is another set of eyes.

Region 11 Emergency Manager Bobbi Risor said drones are a great resource to use in emergencies.

"It gives us another wonderful addition to our toolbox for different kinds of emergencies," said Risor.

Risor said she sees the Fire Division and Region 11 using more drones in the future.

Beckman added when a person isn't necessary to go look at smoke during a fire event, drones are a good alternative to keep first responders safe.

Brett Mayerson

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