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Emergency Management Receives Grant for Damage Assessment Drone

Sep 28, 2021, 10:48 AM by User Not Found

CSX Transportation recently awarded Cumberland County Emergency Management a $5,000 Community Service Grant. The award helps organizations make a strong, quantifiable impact in their community.

The funds will go toward a damage assessment drone. The drone’s goal is to enhance the County’s ability to assess damage to infrastructure and homes after disasters happen. It will also help first responders with search and rescue operations as requested. The drone has a thermal imaging camera, high visibility strobe light, and a loudspeaker for communicating instructions to victims or responders.

“This drone will provide an additional way to support our community as well as our first responders before, during and after disasters,” said Cumberland County Emergency Management Coordinator Garry Crumpler. “Our goal is to find new and innovative ways to respond to emergencies and improve the safety of our citizens.”

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