Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announces that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, will be used by the County’s Emergency Services Department to assist with certain emergencies. The drones will be used to assist first responders to quickly assess emergency situations.
Neuhaus joined the County’s Commissioner of Emergency Services, Brendan Casey, and Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services Alan Mack for a demonstration of the capabilities of a drone in the 911 Center parking lot on Fri., Jun. 23. According to Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey, the Federal Aviation Administration-approved UAV’s will be used primarily in search-and-rescue missions, responding to fires and hazardous-material spills/incidents, storm/disaster mitigation and evaluation, and other emergency situations.