MEMBERS OF the Gogebic County Commission Finance Committee listen to a presentation on a new drone now used by the Gogebic County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Committee. From left are committee member Joe Bonovetz; Gogebic County Sheriff Search and Rescue member Ben Tucker; Gogebic County Administrator Juliane Giackino (back turned); and committee members Tom Laabs and Dan Siirila. The Oct. 26 presentation was at the Search and Rescue garage site of the Gogebic County Natural Resource Center in Bessemer. Tucker pointed out that the container for the old drone, on the ground at right, is much bulkier than the new drone, at left, despite the new drone having much higher capacity.
BESSEMER - Now that drones are becoming much more common, greater numbers of people are using them for a variety of reasons, such as taking photos, fighting fires, treating crops, delivering packages, and monitoring traffic and weather.
Using a drone to enhance safety is also not unusual, and toward that end, the Gogebic County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit has been using one to take video in order to pinpoint exactly where rescue personnel need to be sent.
In fact, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners recently funded the purchase of an $18,0...