Sioux County Sheriff

Drone Team practices in exercise with Orange City health care staff

The sheriff’s office recently conducted a drill with staff of Prairie Ridge Care Center (PRCC) in Orange City, IA.

The drill consisted of a staff member who simulated an elderly resident who wandered into a cornfield and remained there, not found by responders searching the area. The lost person was located quickly with the drone equipped with thermal imaging technology.

Capt. Jamie Van Voorst said, “This exercise was very valuable to both the staff and drone team; they learned about our capabilities and we were able to practice with them in a scenario that could happen anywhere in our area and hopefully save someone from serious harm.”