Sioux County Sheriff

Drone assists at Rock Valley Assisted Living Center Fire

On Tuesday, July 2, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Drone Response Team assisted the Rock Valley Fire Department and several area assisting fire departments at the location of a fire that occurred at the newly constructed Rock Valley Assisted Living Center, 712 Westwiew Drive, in Rock Valley, IA.

The Sheriff’s Office Drone Response Team assisted in locating any hotspots and potentially unseen fire areas that ground-level firefighters would have been unable to see that may have been present while the fire was being extinguished.

Capt. Jamie Van Voorst said, “Although this was a very unfortunate incident, we were glad we had the capability to assist the area fire department personnel at the scene of a large fire incident; we were able to observe from a safe distance to see the entire fire scene from an aerial perspective without putting people at risk of injury.”