The Champaign Fire Department continually explores better solutions to provide the best performance and service to our community. Advancements in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) has provided a new opportunity to provide lifesaving information during emergency operations including hazardous materials response, natural disasters, water/ice rescues, large fires and live fire training exercises.
Champaign Fire Department is sending 8 firefighters to Parkland College where they will receive pilot training and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. Pilots will then be required to participate in hands-on training prior to use during actual emergencies.
Horizon Hobby will be donating two drones to the Champaign Fire Department on Friday, September 8th. This generous donation will help kick-start the Champaign Fire Department’s UAS program. Champaign Fire Department hopes to begin using its UAS program on actual emergencies by January 2018.
Media Contact: Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal | Phone: (217) 403-7212 | Cell: (217) 840-9434