FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office is now employing some new high tech help.READ MORE: Lasers In Space: NASA's New Mission To Revolutionize Space Communication Set To Launch Dec. 5
They’ve unveiled several new “unmanned aerials system units” – better known as drones.READ MORE: Thief Steals 6-Foot Metal Menorah From Hollywood Family's Yard As Hanukkah Celebrations Begin
The sheriff’s office now has a fleet of nearly 30 drones, some of which are specialized to fly in the rain or carry a payload. They’re also being utilized by the fire rescue personnel.
‘We’re also using them for locating missing persons, search and rescue with fire rescue, and also structure fires, hazmat spills, technical rescue calls,” said a fire rescue spokesman, “So a lot of public safety applications.”MORE NEWS: Have You Seen Them? Miami Police Looking For Missing 12-Year-Old Ana Contreras & 13-Year-Old Angelica Contreras
The sheriff’s office has 24 FAA-certified unmanned aircraft pilots and plans to train 15 more.