Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Drones Stand Ready For Any Emergencies
James Allen | Oct 18, 2019 AT 5:45 am
In light of the recent situation in Sherburne County with 6 year old Ethan Haus, many are asking if Otter Tail County has a drone squad and similar capabilities for search and rescue if a similar situation should arise in our area. Patrol Sgt. Joe Axness who works with the Otter Tail County Drone Response says the program has been going for a few years and is ready at a moment’s notice if needed…
“…We’ve actually been involved the with the drones or the UAS or UAV, however you like to refer to them, for the last going on three years. We’ve got roughly six members of our department that are commercially licensed through the FAA, as part of their Part 107 Exam, and we currently have two drones that we have available for deployment depending on the circumstances and the scenario that we’re responding to…”
Axness says so far they have used it in various search and rescues, although they have fortunately not had a call to use it in a missing child situation, and he says at times they will deploy it with their SWAT team, both for Officer safety and having the ability to see over a site.
(Photo: Patrol Sgt. Joe Axness, Otter Tail County Sheriff Website)