The next time you see a saw in the sky trimming trees, don't be alarmed. FirstEnergy is using helicopters with aerial saws to trim trees along transmission lines
FirstEnergy Spokesman Mark Durbin says this method is much more effective in terms of covering more ground.
"The reason we use the saws that hang down from the helicopters is because it's much more effective rather than have some bucket trucks that drive up in there and require a lot of personnel to get the job done," Durbin said.
He says the new method would be specifically designed for the higher-voltage lines and wouldn't be seen on the neighborhood streets for vegetation management purposes.
The helicopter has a saw which consists of multiple 24-inch rotary blades that goes slow along the edge of a group of trees that are by the transmission lines before chopping them off.
In Doylestown Monday morning, FirstEnergy showcased the aerial saws used to cut some of the trees and other vegetation along some of their transmission lines.
Durbin says despite their unusual appearance, these machines are safe and effective.
"At first glance, it is different looking, but it's technology used to just keep the safe and reliable flow of electricity to our customers."