Belgian fire brigades will work alongside drones to boost the efficiency and safety of their work. Drones can easily measure the seriousness of the situation. With the provided drone images, firefighters can prepare themselves better on the rescue mission.

Mayor De Clercq confirms that the city Ghent will also join this initiative. The fire brigade of Ghent will work together with company Citymesh a company specialized in wifi-networks and in safety drones. De Clercq says “Drones need a network that can give instructions to a device approximately 50 to 100 meters above the ground”. Citymesh is currently researching the available network points. Tests will occur in March and April above uninhabited territory. The official usage of the drones will start in May, alternately a week in Ghent, Antwerp, and Kortrijk.

The drones will fly at 150 meters altitude to ensure a stable connection with the fire station. When the fire station receives an alert, the drone will calculate the fastest route to the incident based on GPS-coordinates and weather conditions. The HD and heat cameras will start to send live images to the fire station and to the emergency services, who are following the drone. Because of this technology, they can know the scale of the incident, the risks, the number of victims and the obstacles.

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