NORWALK, Conn. – Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a – Norwalk Fire Department drone?
A woman called the mayor’s office and several council members on Thursday to report a flying saucer over the new Norwalk firehouse, a source said.
This was confirmed by Councilman Glenn Iannacone (R-At Large), who said he had a voicemail from the woman. “She said she saw a flying saucer over the firehouse,” he said. “She called the mayor’s office, reported a flying saucer. Later on, she was informed by friends that it was a drone. Maybe it’s a new type of a rescue thing.”
Chief Denis McCarthy said that’s what it was.
“We have been experimenting with a drone through the fire marshal’s office. We have a number of technology innovations that we are exploring to be more efficient,” he said in an email. “… Some early uses of the drone have been to inspect exterior and roof top hood and duct systems associated with commercial cooking operations. This is safer than using a ladder and more efficient than using a fire engine to provide access to the roof. We have shared our findings with other departments and once we have basic capabilities we will provide a demonstration for them.”
Mayor Harry Rilling did not answer a request for comment on the report to the mayor’s office.
Councilman David Watts (D-District A) expressed surprise that the report made its way to the press.
“She called me, she didn’t want to give her name,” he said. “She thought she saw something flying, then someone explained it was part of a kid’s game.
Good thing to follow the “If you see something, say something” recommendation that’s out there, he said.
“She doesn’t live in the district,” he said. “They were serious, but then we started laughing.”