Gardaí and Defence Forces remind public to keep drones away from fire-fighting operations

Gardaí and Defence Forces remind public to keep drones away from fire-fighting operations
Members of the public continue to sail as smoke rises behind them from the scene of a fire which broke out on Bray Head yesterday morning. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Gardaí and the Defence Forces are reminding the public to keep drones away from fire-fighting operations.

A special appeal was issued yesterday when the Air Corps was forced to stop assisting fire-fighting teams on Wicklow's Bray Head because drones got in the way.

The Air Corp's Captain Mick Barcoe says people do not realise how dangerous it is for crews in the air.

He said:

Unfortunately the aircraft had to stand down operations for an hour and a half while we actually got the drone out of the sky. That obviously had a significant effect on the capability of stopping the spread of that fire.

"Luckily after that, the aircraft returned to the scene and was able to continue with the operation having a successful outcome."

Gardaí and Defence Forces remind public to keep drones away from fire-fighting operations

- Digital Desk

More on this topic

Dublin City Council denies it used drones to monitor back gardensDublin City Council denies it used drones to monitor back gardens

Bid to halt jail drug drops by dronesBid to halt jail drug drops by drones

UK technology models falcon’s attack on prey in bid to tackle illegal dronesUK technology models falcon’s attack on prey in bid to tackle illegal drones

Seven drones recovered from Irish prisons in last two yearsSeven drones recovered from Irish prisons in last two years


More in this Section

Cork gardaí seize cash and drugs in separate raidsCork gardaí seize cash and drugs in separate raids

HSE: Coronavirus outbreak an 'emerging, rapidly evolving situation'HSE: Coronavirus outbreak an 'emerging, rapidly evolving situation'

Alcoholic father gets suspended sentence for leaving daughters in guesthouse to go drinking and hitting one of themAlcoholic father gets suspended sentence for leaving daughters in guesthouse to go drinking and hitting one of them

'This is a national crisis' - Drogheda families speak ahead of protest against criminality and violence'This is a national crisis' - Drogheda families speak ahead of protest against criminality and violence


Lifestyle

IT IS movie award season and Irish designers and their luxury creations were the stars of the silver screen this week.From red carpet to luxe rugs: Ireland's designers get movie-star treatment

Falsies don’t have to be fiddly, says Katie Wright.5 common myths about false lashes

Hiring professional designers to guide you through a home revamp can get you what you want, which doesn’t necessarily have to be what TV home improvement shows tell us, writes Carol O’Callaghan.What a professional interior designer can do for you when planning a home revamp

Kya deLongchamps turns the spotlight on countertop stars to look out for in the last throes of the January sales.Counter culture: Some star kitchen appliance buys

More From The Irish Examiner