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Upstate city approves funding for quadcopter

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The city got the idea for using the quadcopter after a fire destroyed a home and three condos at Riverwood Farm in April. (File: FOX Carolina) The city got the idea for using the quadcopter after a fire destroyed a home and three condos at Riverwood Farm in April. (File: FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The city of Greer may have a new high-tech tool for first responders starting this fall.

City council will include $2,000 in the new $20 million budget to pay for a quadcopter complete with a camera to give a unique, aerial view for emergency responders.

Steve Owens with the city of Greer said the idea came following fires at the Riverwood Farm subdivision which destroyed a home and three condos in April.

If the budget is approved, the device will be shared between all departments in the city, Owens said.

The fire department could get aerial views of damage caused by fires, building officials could do roof inspections and police could use it to assist in the search for missing people or criminals, Owens said.

If the city had an oil spill like it did last year, he said the quadcopter could be used to track the spill without using multiple resources.

Owens said every department would have someone trained and strict policies will be in place for the device.

He said the device would be used in open public spaces and would not intrude on anyone's privacy.

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