When Tulsa firefighters respond to emergency calls in the near future, crews could be accompanied by unmanned drones. Members of the Tulsa Fire Department gathered Wednesday to watch a demonstration of how the unmanned aircraft can work in concert with first responders on the ground to save lives. “We want this to be another just another tool firefighters can use,” said Oklahoma State University clinical professor J.A. Kidd, whose students help setup and operate a drone for the rescue simulation.
The drone was outfitted with a camera and software that enabled several first responders at the site and at a command post to gain access to real-time information related to the emergency, Kidd said.