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St. Louis Fire Dept. considers using drones in future emergencies

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The St. Louis Fire Department is considering  using drones in emergency rescues. The St. Louis Fire Department is considering using drones in emergency rescues.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Firefighters in St. Louis may soon use drones in future emergency operations, according to department officials.

The St. Louis Fire Department said the airborne devices would capture better aerial views and add a layer of safety for first response crews.

Authorities recovered a body in the Mississippi River last week, but said their efforts were initially delayed, because crews did not have a good view of the scene. Fire Capt. Gregg Favre suggested drone technology would drastically improve efforts in similar instances.

"This brings a technological advancement that we couldn't match through sheer muscle," said Favre.

The department is considering purchasing $5,000 devices that would sense body heat during searches and provide instant aerial pictures.

According to Favre, the department's operational budget would fund the equipment.

"We're also in talks right now with partners we have in the private sector," said Favre.

If officials decide to move forward, drones could be in service within the next year.

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