It’s not certain how soon the LAFD might grow its fleet, but he referred to it as the “next iteration” of the program.

To some extent, the early success is the result of extensive training. An LAFD pilot receives up to 80 hours of training — that’s more than any commercial drone operator, Fields claimed. That’s not surprising when the LAFD’s drones are involved in life-saving situations, but it does show that drones’ effectiveness is linked tightly with that of their operators.

This could represent a peek at the future of firefighting. Th

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