The Merton Community Fire Department has become one of the few public safety departments in Waukesha County to own a drone after a recent $13,000 purchase. Merton Fire Chief Josh Paral said they decided to purchase a drone after a department member brought one to a training exercise to get film of the training. Paral later researched the ways fire departments could use drones and eventually decided to purchase a drone with an infrared camera. "We are always looking for what else we can do to improve our departments, and we were flying around the one our member has, and heard of the way other departments had used these," Paral said. "This will work extremely well for locating a lost person. We can also locate smoldering spots after a structure fire."