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Drone donation to help with rescue missions in Berkeley County

Drone donated to Berkeley Co. Rescue Squad (Source: Live 5) Drone donated to Berkeley Co. Rescue Squad (Source: Live 5)
Berkeley Co. Rescue Squad Chief Bill Salisbury thanks Skyview Aerial Solutions for gift (Source: Live 5) Berkeley Co. Rescue Squad Chief Bill Salisbury thanks Skyview Aerial Solutions for gift (Source: Live 5)
MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) -

The Berkeley County Rescue Squad received a new addition to the team Wednesday morning to help keep the community safe.

Skyview Aerial Solutions donated one of their drones to the County.

Many Americans have purchased drones over the last few years for recreational use.

Now thanks to Skyview Aerial Solutions, this drone will be helping in rescue efforts in Berkeley County.

"It's a great opportunity to give back to the local county in which we live in,” said CEO of Skyview Aerial Solutions Tom Fernandez. “We actually got our start here in Moncks Corner. So we've always had a heartfelt connection to this community and also to the rescue squad."

It won't only be the rescue team that uses the drone though.

They'll share it with the Sheriff's Office for different cases they feel it could be an asset for.

One example, a missing person case, trying to find someone out in the woods among the variety of terrain in Berkeley County.

"This drone will actually be safer for us, and the rescue personnel,” said Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis. “It will enable us to see exactly what the terrain is."

"It will really help us in adverse conditions," added Rescue Squad Chief Bill Salisbury.

The drone that’s being donated is the same one used to search for evidence in the July 2015 Cessna plane crash in the County.

"That really let us see how [well] it worked, and what a value it is to us and the rescue squad," Sheriff Lewis said.

"It gave us an overall of what we were looking at,” Chief Salisbury said. “We could tell where the plane was, where the evidence was. Very quickly we had an overall picture of the whole thing."

"It's really about helping people and getting the best services that we can provide them," Sheriff Lewis added.

The donated drone is worth $3,000, so there's no cost at all to tax payers.

All rescue team member and some sheriff's deputies will receive training on how to use the equipment.

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