MOORHEAD, Minn. –
The Red River Valley has become a valuable hub in the drone industry, but local fire departments want to remind the public that drones and firefighting don’t always mix.
Although there are no formal policies regarding drones, local fire departments are clear on what would happen if someone interferes with responders.
“We would have them arrested and removed from the scene because they would be hindering our efforts and that is illegal. Whether it’s a drone or an individual, on the ground or driving a car or a lawnmower, it doesn’t matter. You can’t hinder emergency workers in the performance of their duties,” said Moorhead Asst. Fire Chief Rich Eggert.
If you intend to fly a drone like this, there are some regulations you’ll need to know before you can lift off.
“And then you also have to look into the laws of having something bigger. Anything over a half–pound right now has to be FAA–registered, said Josh Shlicht, co-owner of Remote Control Hobbies.