Chinese Drones Help US Firefighters Do their Jobs
A growing number of American firefighters are now using drones to help with their live-saving work.
The city of Fremont, California uses 14 drones to help fight fires and carry out other public safety and rescue activities.
Jeff Kleven is the acting chief of operations for the Fremont Fire Department. He told VOA that, in the future, every fire truck will be equipped with a drone to assist firefighters.
Drones used by fire departments usually have additional equipment added to collect valuable information for firefighters. Such tools can identify fire sources, extreme heat areas and the positions of firefighters in the field.
Recently, a police search and rescue team in Fremont used a drone equipped with an infrared camera that can identify body heat. The technology was able to find a lost, deaf child at night.
The New York-based Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College examines the use of drones by public safety departments across the United States. The center estimated last year that more than 900 state and local agencies in the U.S. use drones for police, fire and emergency services.
The Fremont Fire Department received its drone systems from Chinese technology company DJI – the world's largest drone maker.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, repeated a warning that Chinese-made drones could be leaking information to China. In 2017, the U.S. Army barred the use of DJI's drones.
Jeff Kleven said his department takes such concerns very seriously. But he said officials have been careful to take steps to prevent any data leaks to China.
"We are well aware of the accusations that are being made. It's not something new," Kleven said. He added that the department attempts to keep the data local to reduce the possibility that it could be shared. "There are ways we don't have to be connected to the internet...We can isolate our data within our system. We are confident with that."
Romeo Durscher leads DJI's relations with public safety agencies. He denied the accusations of information being leaked to China. He said the company has worked during the past year to provide drone users more security controls over their data.
"We are not in the business of controlling data," Durscher said. "But we want to give the tools to the operator to say how the data is being stored or processed or transmitted. And those pieces are in place."
Durscher estimates that more than 1,000 U.S. fire, police and other emergency first responders use drones. He said this has led to more than 200 lives saved worldwide.
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杰夫·克列文（Jeff Kleven）是弗里蒙特消防局的代理局长 。他告诉美国之音，未来，每辆消防车都将配备一架无人机来协助消防员作业 。
消防部门使用的无人机通常会配备其他设备，为消防员收集有价值的信息 。这样的工具可以锁定火源、极端高温区域和消防员所处位置 。
最近，弗里蒙特的某警察搜救队使用了一架配备红外摄像机的无人机，可识别人体体温 。这项技术能够在夜间搜寻迷路的失聪儿童 。
总部位于纽约的巴德学院无人机研究中心调查了美国各地公共安全部门使用无人机的情况 。该中心去年估计，美国有900多个州和地方机构利用无人机为警察、消防和紧急部门服务 。
最近，美国国土安全部（DHS）再次警告称，中国制造的无人机可能正在向中国泄露信息 。2017年，美国军方禁止使用大疆公司的无人机 。
杰夫·克列文指出，他所在部门非常重视这种担忧 。但他表示，官员们一直谨慎地采取措施，避免让任何数据泄露 。
克列文说：“我们深谙这些所谓的指控 。这不是什么新鲜事 。”他补充说，该部门试图将数据保存在本地，以降低共享数据的可能性 。“我们有办法无需连接到互联网……我们可以在系统中隔离数据 。我们对此充满信心 。”
罗密欧·迪罗彻（Romeo Durscher）负责协调大疆公司与公共安全机构的关系 。他对信息被泄露给中国一事予以否认 。他说，该公司在过去一年里一直致力于为无人机用户提供对其数据的更多安全控制 。
迪罗彻说：“我们的业务不是控制数据” 。“但我们想让操作人员知道数据存储、处理或传输的过程 。这些版块都发挥着作用 。”
迪罗彻估计，超过1000名美国消防、警察和其他紧急救援人员使用无人机 。他说，这在全球已经拯救了200多条生命 。