There are many uses for today's drone technology. Local fire departments can utilize thermal cameras to reveal dangerous hot spots in fires not visible to the naked eye. A prime example was this fire at a local Dollar Tree in Coral Springs. According to Fire Division Chief Mike Moser, around 12:30 p.m. they received the 911 call from people in the Dollar Tree stating something was on fire in the aisle of the store. When units arrived, they found very heavy smoke coming out of the store. With the darkened interior, firefighters were not able to see the fire right away until they made entry. Moser said the Coral Springs Fire Department used drone technology with a heat-seeking camera to help locate the fire. The drone helped locate a hot spot on the roof that they were not able to see with the naked eye.
Moser said this particular store was a bit more complicated because they didn’t know the full extent of what was for sale inside. “There could be automotive parts inside, cleaning fluids, chemicals that we don’t know about. A retail store like this is always dangerous because we don’t really necessarily know what’s being stored in there.” There were no injuries in the fire and the cause of the fire is under investigation.