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Firefighting Technology: Connecticut Fire Department Employs Drone at Quarry Fire

The Branford (CT) Fire Department made use of a drone for the first time in the department's history during a fire at the J& J Blasting Company in Stony Creek Quarry last week. Firefighters called an evacuation based on the drones finding, causing the temporary displacement of 862 people who lived within a mile of the fire, according to the Branford Eagle (http://bit.ly/1fBmRtG). It was initially feared the fire was near explosives that might ignite, but a drone was flown over the site to take photos and fire officials later determined the location of the fire was about 30 feet from the explosives.  At that point, a fire apparatus responded to the site to put the fire out. Fire...

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