Business looks to secure drone footage for Jonesboro

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The company MAAS Leaders or marketing, advertising, and specialties is working on an unexpected special project with the city of Jonesboro.

The group is hoping to get drone footage of downtown Jonesboro, to be used during emergency situations.

They are working with the city officials, the fire department and the Jonesboro Police Department to finalize the details of the project.

The footage would help during emergency situations like an active shooter or a hazardous material spill.

Officials would have pre-recorded aerial footage of downtown ready at a moment's notice.

MAAS Leaders also say they would be able to fly the drone into a crime scene where police are searching for a suspect, or test the air during an Haz-Mat situation.

"We could send that 3D image to every police car, every fire truck, every first responder's computer," said company vice president and general manager Mitch Smith.  "So that before they get to the scene, they can study the scene, see where the doors are, see where the locations for escape routes are, see the windows, all of those things."

Smith said this technology would not only be beneficial for its viewpoint, it could also help keep law enforcement from entering a dangerous situation.

"The capability of putting a drone up and showing where a person is without putting a police officer in danger is priceless," said company president Andi Bandy-Smith.

The company is still working to secure their deal with the city.

Once the deal is finalized, they would get drone footage of downtown and be ready to respond to certain emergency situations.

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