Drone Captures Aerial Shot of Joliet Fire Dept. Training Exercise

Blaze was near Caton Farm and Ridge roads.

Dan Hoffman used a drone to get this overhead shot of a fire at Caton Farm and Ridge Road on Friday.
Dan Hoffman used a drone to get this overhead shot of a fire at Caton Farm and Ridge Road on Friday.
Shorewood resident Dan Hoffman, who last week captured some impressive footage of Plainfield's old grain elevator using a drone, was at it again Friday.

Hoffman shared this photo of a controlled burn of a home at Caton Farm and Ridge roads, using the drone to get an aerial view of the blaze.

The home was set ablaze as part of training exercises by the Joliet Fire Department during a "defensive attack" training.

The home was burned to the ground during the final day of training exercises; Joliet firefighters conducted live training evolutions at the site during mid- and late May, culminating with Friday's fire.
Vicky Polito June 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM
I did think that the gun lockers at the high school were a bad idea. But I cannot say, because it's not MY experience so it's not my truth, that our police chief and our police force do not care about the public or only interested in buying new toys, wasting money. As a matter of fact, I feel I have to clearly say the opposite. I sometimes disagree with their priorities or choices, just like anyone else. You already know I disagree with you on the snow/ice melting traffic signals issue, for example. But, disagree or not, I've talked a little with Chief Konopek and of course listened to him present at meetings. I've talked a bit and dealt professionally with a very few of the officers. I find all of these people to be caring and dedicated. Not perfect, but again, I gave up wasting time demanding what doesn't exist! Same way that I don't always agree with you, but I don't think you are a selfish or destructive person because of that. Not for nothing, but the question you have--and it's right to ask the question--about the mobile camera trailer may be answered during the meeting. We may hear that answer and it may persuade each of us. It may not. What I mean is that I can't gripe about the police force wanting to buy it until I do hear why they want to buy it. Then we don't have to "imagine" whether or not it's good for residents, we residents come to our own opinions about it. As others have pointed out, it would be very helpful if the board packet was given in advance to citizens, too. That would help everyone to know more and be informed in their decisions about what leadership is dong.
Randy Wayne June 14, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Just a clarification here but I'm pretty sure the "drone" that took the video or pics of the fire was simply a remote controlled helicopter or "quad" which can be purchased by anyone for a few hundred bucks. Quads are best for mounting cameras because they are square and have a propeller on each corner. They're fairly small. It's only a matter of time before quads are being used commercially for delivering pizzas, etc.
Gregory Zonsius June 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM
There is more Joliet Area Aerial Video in this Demo Reel as well. http://www.zoncom.com/aerial-videos/
Dan B June 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Hate to get off topic guys, but that was an incredible picture that Mr. Hoffman captured. Maybe he could start his own You Tube channel with all his drone/quad videos.
Vicky Polito June 14, 2014 at 05:12 PM
It is some pretty terrific image capture, it's true.


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