Logan County EM receives $10k donation for high-tech drone

Thanks to a kind donation, Logan County fire departments and law enforcement officers will have an eye in the sky.

Logan County Emergency Manager Steven Haga received a $10,000 donation from Invenergy Thursday morning. The donation will allow Haga to purchase a tethered drone to assist firefighters and police.

A tethered drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle tethered to the ground. It consists of a base station on the ground and the drone, which is connected to the station through the tether (cable). The drone can be operated remotely to perform specific tasks.

A huge benefit of the tethered drone, which can reach 150 feet, is that it can stay powered for hours while staying in the air.

During a recent grow fire in the southern part of the county, Edmond Fire used a tethered drone to monitor a building fire from above giving firefighters a watchful eye from above.

On hand for the presentation was Senator Chuck Hall, Representative John Pfeiffer, Mayor Steve Gentling, Guthrie Fire Chief Dane Lausen, Orlando Fire Chief Mike Weinkauf, David Ball with Oklahoma Emergency Management, District 1 Commissioner Mark Sharpton, District 2 Commissioner Charlie Meadows, and many Logan County deputies.

Invevenergy is a company that develops, builds, owns, and operates power generation and energy storage projects, including wind, solar, and natural gas power generation, and energy storage facilities.

Invenergy has a wind project currently in northern Logan County.


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