Emergency responders are able to use drone in a variety of ways, from investigation of traffic accidents to searching for suspects in criminal cases. Provided image
Emergency responders are able to use drone in a variety of ways, from investigation of traffic accidents to searching for suspects in criminal cases. Provided image
MUNCIE — The Ball Brothers Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 this year to fund the purchase of drones and to create a program to train emergency responders on how to use the devices in their work.

“We rely on grants to fund equipment like this,” Kyle Johnson, Delaware County’s chief information officer, said in a release. “We do not have equipment funds in our annual budget to draw on, so opportunities like these are what allow us access to industry-standard gear.”

Delaware County Emergency Management/Homeland Security received grants that supported the purchase of two drones, allowing the team "to evaluate and assess hazards while keeping humans out of dangerous situations," the release said.

As a result of the funding, the county has two drones and two pilots available on a 24/7 basis.

Purdue Extension Blackford County received $45,600 to buy drones and sensors to use as part of its public safety training program.

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