HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is the only local station to gain access to drone video of a search in the Holyoke canals.
The Holyoke Fire Department launched a drone while trying to locate a teenager who jumped into the Holyoke canal Friday morning. The drone gives first responders, like firefighter Michael Boucher, the opportunity to search areas they normally wouldn’t have access to.
It also allows them to pinpoint a person’s location. “I can switch my field of view from actual view to google maps essentially, and it tells us where the drone is,” Boucher told 22News.
Holyoke Fire Captain Anthony Cerruti said the drone also live feeds back to the fire station. He said it helps first responders in emergencies, like brush fires or building collapses, gain an angle that a ladder just wouldn’t be able to provide.
Not only can it help them locate a person who’s lost or missing, it can also help save crews lives responding to dangerous situations.
Holyoke Fire said they received the drone in February as an anonymous gift.