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Drones can save lives in situations like Grenfell Tower

On the 14th of June, a London apartment block by the name of Grenfell Tower, based in North Kensington, caught fire. In this horrible tragedy, 79 people are presumed to have died from the fire or asphyxiation, even though the fire brigade was tirelessly working on bringing the situation under control. Bringing a 24-storey building under control is a horrifyingly difficult endeavour, even more when it comes to helping victims to escape the fire.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service, a department about an hour southeast of London provided asked if the fireman at Grenfell Tower needed any material assistance, leading to this statement online:

"KFRS has an agreement in place to support neighbouring fire and rescue services where required, although no firefighters or fire engines were needed, LFB requested the use of our unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) to assist crews at the scene."

And in fact, drones have been used in an attempt to monitor the building is the fire was ravaging its ways through the structure, and also in the aftermath of the incident. The department said it was using an Aeryon SkyRanger, with high-definition still and video imaging and infrared technology, and a DJI Phantom carrying a GoPro camera.

According to the producing company, more and more fire brigades are acquiring drones for their work, praising its effectiveness in the field. In a case study by the The Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), the following was claimed:

"The drone used by the GMFRS is an Aeryon SkyRanger, which can fly up to 50 minutes, at a range of some 122 m (400 feet) above the ground. It has the capacity to fly up to 5 km away from the controller, but GMFRS will fly it a maximum of 500 m (1 640 feet) away from the controller."

Drones can used with cameras for surveillance as well as heat-censor cameras in order to discover victims.

Modern technology is constantly improving our living standards. Let us never stop innovating!

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