AUSTIN – The Austin Fire Department showed off how they plan to use drones during a demonstration Wednesday.

AFD began asking city officials for them in 2010, and city council approved a four-year study on them at a cost of around $15,000.

They will be used to assist in locating people during floods and high-rise fires.

"If we deploy this device up, it will actually map out all of the roads that are open. We will be able to relay this information to our other safety partners and we would be able to mitigate the incident in a timely matter," said AFD Assistant Chief Richard Davis.

The drones will not be used in the field until the end of the study.