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Effective today (7-12-19), DRONE operations in the City have been authorized for use and available for tasking. Currently, the city has a joint team with Portsmouth PD to address multiple on scene situations. Both Aircraft, a Mavic 2 Enterprise and a Mavic 2 Zoom; were purchased with grant funds from the Department of Homeland Security.
The use of the aircrafts are at the discretion of any scene commander, with capabilities ranging from FLIR, HD Zoom, Lighting, etc. The following scenarios are to be considered for deployment:
- Search and Rescue- Structure Fire Aerial Observation- Hazmat incidents- Post-incident Damage assessment- Maritime emergencies- Fire/Arson and Crash Investigations- Tech Rescue Incidents