The unmanned aircraft will be used to assist in the search for missing persons and monitoring fires and can operate at heights of up to 400 feet (122 meters).

The standard DJI Matrice 30 includes a 48-megapixel zoom camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a laser rangefinder that can give precise coordinates of objects up to 1,200 feet away. The 30T acquired by Lynn Fire Department also includes an additional 640 x 512 pixel radiometric thermal camera.

“We are innovating here at Lynn, and maybe other fire departments will follow our lead, and maybe one day in the future every department will have a drone, but for now, we are here. ‘one of the first to have it,’ said District Manager Joseph Zukas.

“As these drones get cheaper with more capabilities, we are learning more and more things we can do with them. This new equipment, this new technology, will help the citizens of Lynn, the safety of the taxpayers. we don’t have an emergency, but if we have an emergency and we can use that to mitigate it, that’s great,” he added.

The ministry funded the acquisition of its original drone through donations from the Knights of Columbus, real estate developer Patrick McGrath, and a third anonymous donor. The new drone was acquired through a trade-in of the original drone, as well as additional funds allocated by the department.

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority also authorized the use of drones by firefighters in Dubai in May 2022.

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