Drone warning during bushfires

DFES have warned people not to emergency respondents in danger by flying drones during bushfires.
DFES have warned people not to emergency respondents in danger by flying drones during bushfires.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has warned people against using drones during bushfires as it causes danger to crews and the public.

DFES Assistant Commissioner Gary Gifford said using drones was a major safety risk as even a small drone colliding with a water-bombing aircraft could have catastrophic results.

"While it might be tempting to record footage, drones pose a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and people on the ground, who are often drawn to watch water bombers in action," he said.

“If a helicopter goes down, it is unlikely that the crew as well as any nearby onlookers will survive.”

The department have recently referred two incidents to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority where people face a fine of up to $9000.

If you see someone operating a drone near a bushfire where aircraft is being used, report it to WA Police on 131 444.

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