Starting with Generosity
In 2016, Fire Chief Jerry Purcell received an unexpected call from Wayne Bank offering a $40,000 grant to enact a new drone program for the benefit of Wayne County at large. Surprised by the offer, the Richmond Fire Department (RFD) graciously accepted and quickly proceeded with plans to move forward with this new initiative. After researching other existing drone programs in the region and learning best practices, the RFD went about purchasing five drones, three cameras, and iPad minis for the control and deployment of the drones. Additionally, the RFD made arrangements to train a few firefighters on the usage of drones and the applicable software.