LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — For the primary time, the Los Angeles Hearth Division will deploy drones to assist out within the battle towards two wildfires threatening houses within the metropolis.
LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas stated the drones can be used “for the primary time ever,” primarily to conduct property evaluation in Creek and Skirball burn areas.
“We can also search for hotspots,” Terrazas stated. “The drone will fly over, find hotspots, after which we’ll dispatch our firefighters to get ultimate extinguishment in that space. So we’re very, very pleased with that new know-how.”
The deployment would be the first because the Metropolis Council accredited the division’s use of drones. The approvals got here regardless of objections from the ACLU and different civil rights teams that expressed considerations that the units might be used to conduct surveillance and invade residents’ privateness.
Civil rights activists’ considerations have been aimed primarily on the Los Angeles Police Division, which has additionally been approved by the Police Fee to start a pilot program for utilizing drones in choose tactical conditions.
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