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Lance Gentles with the Williams County IT Department holds up a new drone the county received Friday. 

Williams County took delivery of a new drone Friday, Jan. 18.

The new drone, a DJI Matrice 210, has a FLIR thermal-imaging camera, as well as remote broadcast system that will will send a wireless video feed in real time via cell towers to a secure viewing site.

The county’s drone program, which started in 2015, has expanded greatly and the drones are now used by police and fire departments to help with emergency situations and search missions.

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