Fighting Fires with Chinese Drones Despite Possible Data Theft

Posted on June 10, 2019 10:35 pm

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In the future, every firetruck will carry a drone, much like they carry a water hose today, says Jeff Kleven, acting division chief of operations with the Fremont (California) Fire Department. 

The department, which has 14 drones, uses the technology to save lives and make firefighters’ jobs safer. Recently, with the help of a drone equipped with an infrared camera able to detect body heat, the Fremont police rescued a deaf child at night.  

The fire department has worked with Chinese drone maker DJI to use its drones and software for rescues and training. 

‘Strong concerns’ about data 

Recently, the U.S. Department of