Early Morning Falls Lake Fire

At around 6 AM this morning the call went out to Wake Forest Station 5 firefighters about an outside fire located on Falls Lake. It was the perfect opportunity to test the capabilities of the Wake Forest News quadcopter to locate a woods fire quickly. What I didn’t know as I arrived was this was going to be an ideal test of the benefits and capabilities of a drone to assist public safety personnel.

Upon takeoff I headed in the direction of the address given in the dispatch call but there was no fire visible. A quick scan of the lake showed it about a half mile or so in the opposite direction.

Woods fire on the shores of Falls Lake early this morning was tackled by Wake Forest Station 5 skilled firefighters.
Woods fire on the shores of Falls Lake early this morning was tackled by Wake Forest Station 5 skilled firefighters.

Wake Forest Engine 5 firefighters were not able to get through the gates and instead had to make the long walk down to the fire where they initially fought the woods fire using rakes and hand tools. The fire was extinguished.

If you are a fire department and would like to talk about the application and use of drones and aerial vehicles in your area, please email Steve at [email protected]

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