An anonymous donor is giving $9,000 to the Danbury Fire Department for a new tool to help them rescue people in fires. The donation is for a drone project. The donor asked to remain anonymous, and was made in memory of the late Michael Kallas. Fire Chief TJ Wiedl said they are very appreciative and have privately thanked the donor.
The drone will be able to carry a thermal imaging camera.
Kallas passed away in June. He had served as President of the Lions Club, and during that tenure in 2012 the Lions raised funds to replace a broken thermal image camera for the Danbury Fire Department.
Wiedl says drones have a myriad of uses, with the ability to provide live aerial feeds of fires or large scale incidents. They also help firefighters with pre-planning information and aid in the search for lost persons in rugged terrain.