Cameron County Emergency Management aims to save property and save lives.
Aerial Drones are now part of that vision. In the past few months, the county acquired the new technology.
What may seem like a technological trend may already be saving lives. In the past year, we’ve seen local authorities in Brownsville or South Padre Island add aerial drones to their toolbox. Now Cameron County Emergency Management has a new vantage point that can help mobilize response teams.
Fire Marshal for Cameron County, Juan Martinez said, “We all work together. And we all talk to each other and share resources.”
In the past, The Cameron County Emergency Management relied on maps. Those could be outdated. Now there is no need to place personnel at risk if there is ever a disaster.
“We’ve been using for rescue operations, for fire operations and surveying for possible flooding as well,” says Martinez.
For the past 4 months Cameron county has been using a drone. They currently have 3 certified drone pilots.
“Our goal as a firefighters and emergency managers is to protect life and have incident stabilization and protect property. These drones help us do all of that,” says Martinez.
Cameron County uses a commercial drone. It is the same kind you can buy at a local retail store. It may not be equipped with all the bells and whistles, but officials say the vantage point gets the job done.
Martinez says, “At the end of the day it’s helping us save property… It’s helping save lives. It’s a great tool that we’re happy to have.”