WNC emergency workers get demonstration of how drones could help them

Hayesville-based Oasis demonstrated the Hoverfly tethered drone near the dam at Lake Chatuge in Clay County. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some mountain first responders got a look Tuesday at new technology that could help them deal with emergencies.

Hayesville-based Oasis demonstrated the Hoverfly tethered drone near the dam at Lake Chatuge in Clay County.

The device can be equipped with everything from infrared cameras to facial recognition devices. It allows a bird's eye view of everything from natural disasters to accidents and fires.

"We've been looking at possibly purchasing a drone for our service to assist in wilderness rescue water rescue structure fire wildfire fire applications," Macon County Fire Service Capt. Travis Waldroop said.

Emergency workers from Clay and Macon counties were on hand to watch the demonstration.

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