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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department has invested in a new tool that will help it better fulfill its mission of public safety — three Unmanned Aircraft Systems, better known as drones.

"I think that this is going save lives, and it's also going to save property loss, and it's going to save us time," Montgomery County Fire Department assistant chief Mike Clemens told WNEW's John Domen, who got an exclusive look at the new machines. "It is exciting because it's another element to make us better."

Fire officials believe the reconnaissance the drone can provide while a fire is burning will be invaluable.

"Something like this can hover at the height of a building, about 25-30 feet above it," Clemens said.

The high-definition camera mounted on board is capable of sending still shots and video to crews on the ground, so they don't have to guess where to target the blaze. This can be especially helpful in highrise building fires.

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