DENVER (CBS4) – Drones continue to be a more common tool for emergency response agencies, and now the Denver Fire Department is getting in on the action.

According to Captain Greg Pixley, the idea of using drones came up about five years ago. Now, after years of research, planning, and training, the department’s first ever drone operations team is beginning to respond to emergency calls.

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On April 8, the team joined more than a dozen other crews in responding to a two-alarm fire at Odom Memorial Church of God in Denver’s Whittier neighborhood. While crews were quick to get the fire under control, the drone team was able to spot a hotspot before it flared up more.

“We were able to save the property, increase our firefighters’ capabilities and safety, and also use this technology that we have been working on for over five years,” Ct. Greg Pixley said.