The organization Rome Drone, which also runs events and courses, including one aimed at workers and volunteers in the Civil Protection Department, noted that the Vigili del Fuoco had “used drones during the rescue efforts after the earthquakes in Amatrice and Central Italy, and after the avalanche which hit Hotel Rigopiano.”
Drone investigations of the damaged towns allowed firefighters to assess the extent of the damage and work on plans for recovery. This meant that fewer rescuers had to put themselves at risk by entering the so-called 'red zones' or most fragile areas of the towns after the quakes of August and October last year left many buildings structurally unsafe.
The footage below was taken by a fire service drone over Amatrice, the town hit by a deadly earthquake last August.
The award will be presented on Tuesday to Giuseppe Romano, the director of the Firefighters' Emergency and Technical Rescue department. Other organizations and businesses recognized in the awards include the Italian Air Force and start-ups from Milan and Modena.