Japan to Train Drone Specialists for Disaster Response

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Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency will train firefighters to operate drones in an attempt to promote the use of drone technology in disaster response efforts.

The agency will offer firefighters from across the country a training course from the second half of fiscal 2019, awarding those who have completed the course the role of "drone operation adviser."

It plans to train a total of 135 personnel by fiscal 2023, and dispatch them as instructors to fire departments that have yet to introduce drone technology.

Drones are anticipated to play a key role in reaching places that cannot be reached by firefighters and helicopters. For example, a drone fitted with a thermography camera can identify sources of fire and give a clearer picture of damages in large-scale fire incidents. In landslide disasters, drones can be used to search for missing people.

The agency has implemented funding measures to aid fire departments introducing advanced drone technology, as well as lent equipment to fire academies across the country and written manuals for using the technology.

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