Public reminded to not fly drones over emergency scenes


With drones so easy to come by, emergency crews are reminding people to not fly drones over active situations. When a firefighter suffered a medical condition and slammed a fire truck into five vehicles, a drone was up in the sky overlooking the scene on Ranch to Market 620.

Lake Travis Fire Battalion Chief Michael Prather told reporters Wednesday afternoon the drones “hindered STAR Flights’s ability to land.” Prather said the medical help couldn’t “come immediately into our scene because the airspace was being taken up by drones.” 

While the Lake Travis Fire Department originally said the drones were a problem, a spokesperson for the Travis County Commissioners Court speaking on behalf of STAR Flight told KXAN there was only one drone in the area and it never posed a threat to operations.

The spokesperson says the STAR Flight crew knew there was a drone in the area and crews at the scene determined the drone was at a safe enough distance away and “caused no threat to the chopper.” 

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