Raising the bar for Fire Service sUAS (drone) pilots

Your agency recently purchased a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), commonly referred to as a drone. The chief assigned Firefighter Wright as the pilot because he professed to have “Hundreds of hours of model aircraft experience.” Firefighter Wright possesses a…

Should firefighters think differently when it comes to drone use?

Numerous international case studies exist highlighting the innovative use of drones to aid the tackling of fires and searches for missing people. High profile incidents such as the Notre Dame cathedral blaze, in which drones were used during the fire…

Public Safety Drones: A Global Perspective

The use of aerial drones in firefighting and public safety are growing much faster than ever before. This trend does not seem to be slowing any time soon, even in the midst of COVID19. When agencies were asked if they…

The drone revolution: saving lives quicker and safer

Drones are increasingly used for search, but drones are capable of much, much more! This is just the beginning, drones will revolutionise search and rescue to save lives that couldn’t be saved before. Ultimately making search and rescue operations quicker…

Rescue drone awareness and its impact on emergency response

The potential for drone technology in the realm of emergency response is undeniable and truly exciting. However, this technology is failing to meet its true potential through inaccurate purchasing decisions and ill-informed best practices. It has long been known that…

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles for emergency communications

Communications during an emergency response are of paramount importance for safety of responders and efficient execution of emergency plans. However communications are highly likely to be compromised during an emergency; an extreme weather event, such as the Hunter Region floods…

Drones are changing fire fighting operations worldwide

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used to be the remit of the military and sci-fi films. Recent advances in technology – and changes to aviation laws worldwide – mean they’re now available as tools for all types of business, including emergency…

Technology Update: Drones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are becoming increasingly popular for a range of industries, with everyone from construction to agriculture wrestling to get their hands on the technology. However, with UAVs yet to fully make the transition into the fire service, does…

Copenhagen Fire Brigade benefits from drone support

By embracing new technology, Copenhagen Fire Brigade has secured a tactical overview within a few minutes of arrival at the scene of a catastrophic situation. Recently, they added drone support to their repertoire of advanced gear and are already taking…

UAVs and Firefighting

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (also known as UAVs or Drones) can provide many benefits to firefighters, feeding back vital footage and information to assist in extinguishing fires as quickly as possible. The way in which the devices can help are through…

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