Emergency services turn to drones
Irish emergency and armed services are increasingly turning to drones to help with day-to-day activities.
At the 2017 Drone and Tech Expo at the RDS, the technical officer with the Civil Defence, Kevin Houston, said that camera-equipped drones have been deployed in 64 search missions across Ireland.
He told Independent.ie the flying devices, which record video in high definition, are increasingly being sought by State agencies as a way of speeding up workloads. He said Civil Defence drones would shortly help with spotting illegal dumping sites, an initiative to be launched by Communications Minister Denis Naughten next week.
Dublin Fire Brigade told Independent.ie that drones fitted with thermal imaging cameras can help detect the most concentrated areas of a fire. The Fire Brigade is also considering the use of drones to help identify chemical substances in hazardous spillage situations.
The Irish Army has 12 Israeli-made Autonomy drones for use in combat situations, scouting out targets for artillery units, but have yet to be used in live combat.