The drone was a favorite among firefighters for many years, but now they say it’s getting less popular.
ABC News found out just how much the drone has been lost and stolen.
“They lost the unit that they had.
They lost the camera that they used to take photos,” said Capt. Ryan W. Boggs, the director of the Fire Fighting Vehicle Operations Department at the Port Orange Fire Department.
Brough, a member of the Port Orlando Fire Department, said the drone was his most important tool when fighting fires.
“If I had the fire fighter unit I would be the one that is putting out the fires,” he said.
“I just love it.
It’s my tool, so I would just use it all the time.”
The drone has a camera that allows firefighters to see what’s going on in the field and is attached to a camera rig that allows it to fly for 30 minutes at a time.
But the camera is not always operational, according to Brough.
“The fire fighting vehicle is not the best tool,” he explained.
“When it comes to fires, you need a very good vision and an ability to see fire as it moves through the field.”
The drones were not always the tool the firefighters used to see the fire.
“Some of the drones had their lenses replaced and sometimes they had a camera removed and put back on,” Brough said.
The drones have not been the only tool firefighters have lost in the firefighting business.
The Department of Homeland Security is spending $1.8 million to upgrade a drone to take pictures of threats, including terrorists and criminals.
“We have a lot of threats coming through our city and a lot more threats coming from overseas,” said Commissioner Paul Gifford, the Port Florida Fire Marshal.
“There are a lot things that we are going to have to do to try to deal with the threats and the threat of terrorism.”