Glenview Fire Department Deploys Drone to Extra Alarm Fire in Des Plaines


On September 16th, a multiple alarm fire broke out at an apartment building located in the 9300 block of Landings Lane in the North Maine Fire Protections District’s response area. Several suburban fire and EMS units responded to provide mutual aid support. The conditions of the fire located on the upper stories of the building made the conditions of the roof and involvement of the structure difficult to assess. The Glenview Fire Department received a request to deploy the drone to provide real-time situational awareness on the fireground. The UAS pilot for the Glenview Fire Department, an alumni of AeroVista Drone Academy, rapidly deployed the aircraft on scene. Thermal imaging equipment aboard Glenview Fire’s drone proved to be a critical asset in tackling this incident effectively. The pilot was able to quickly use the aircraft to identify and eliminate hot-spots, as well as accurately assess the condition of the roof and floors of each level before risking personnel in a potentially unstable structure. With this success and other nationwide successes from deploying drones in Public Safety, Glenview Fire is continuing to develop their drone program, preparing to train more pilots, and exploring more deployment options to benefit their community.