The chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District says drones will be invaluable tools in putting eyes on the situation before firefighters can get boots on the ground.READ MORE: 'When I Finally Got To Be Elvira, That's When My Life Calmed Down': Mistress Of The Dark Peels Back The Curtain
“Searches like we just had in the Bay – we had someone jump off the Dumbarton Bridge the other day, and the family wants to find their family member. So, there’s things that we could use the drone,” Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.READ MORE: UPDATE: Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger Shut Down for Repeatedly Defying COVID Health Order
The department is among the first to get approval from the FAA to fly drones. They plan to fly smaller drones that can even enter a building from the outside.
“That would help us, but our law enforcement officers as well to be able to see something inside of a building. It’s advantageous for both of us,” Schapelhouman said.MORE NEWS: Netflix Series 'Colin In Black & White' Explores Colin Kaepernick's Formative Years
The chief says the drone will not be used for any type of surveillance.