Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, can give your organization a cutting edge in your rescue and firefighting activities. UAS’s are becoming increasingly integral in public safety work, but as with most technologies, departments can be slow to adopt. This is unfortunate, since UASs can save both resources and money while maximizing the safety of your firefighting crews. Firefighting UAS’s are proving to be reliable tools that reduce costs while eliminating risks to personnel and expensive equipment.
- Firefighting UASs empower your fire or search and rescue department and many consider them the most important firefighting tool since the Scott Air Pack.
- Deployable in seconds, a firefighting UAS can assess an entire scene quickly, often well before other vehicles arrive.
- UASs are already in use to identify wildfire origins, to survey mass casualty incidents and disaster sites, and to provide eye in the sky views of active fires.
- The uses for UASs continue to grow.
Why send a human firefighter into danger to evaluate a volatile situation when a UAS can do the job quickly, safely and effectively?
- High-resolution, live-streaming daylight cameras, FLIR thermal cameras, and gas sensors take the guesswork out of sizing-up scene safety.
- Firefighting UAS’s have eliminated the need to place firefighting personnel and expensive equipment in unknown situations to assess a critical HAZMAT situation, wildfires, or dangerous structural fires.
- Know when and where to send manpower and resources with levels of safety and efficiency that were nonexistent years ago.
- UASs outfitted with FLIR thermal and smart tracking hardware can help find people through smoke, flames, and other obstructions that would challenge traditional methods.
Perhaps the most obvious way UASs can help assist first responders is with search and rescue. UASs have the ability to cover ground effectively.
- Find victims faster and scout large areas in a shorter time period, all without putting yourself or your crew in unnecessary situations or danger.
- Search and rescue UASs can drop critical supplies, life vests, tow lines, and more to victims.
Sending a UAS into an affected area can give first responders a better understanding of the situation, help locate survivors, perform structural analysis, deliver supplies and equipment and help extinguish fires.
- Fire UAS’s specifically equipped with thermal/FLIR cameras could aid all first responders immensely.
- A UAS’s infrared technology can see through smoke. Infrared from an aerial viewpoint can help determine the hottest areas of a house/building fire with more visibility than current technology provides.
- UASs equipped with thermal cameras have a better advantage than the naked eye for early detection when it comes to high-rise buildings, large structures and wildfires.
SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: THE DRONE ADVANTAGE
When a call comes in—whether it’s a fire, an explosion, a building collapse, a hazardous spill, a terrorist attack—there are lots of questions that must be answered. Do your command personnel have the advanced technologies that can help them gather valuable information, make accurate assessments and the correct decisions as quickly as possible?
- Scout large areas in minutes instead of hours and find victims faster. A drone can fly at speeds of XX and search an area of X miles with X minutes of flying time. Efficient use of time can make all the difference in critical lifesaving operations.
- With the Zenmuse X3 or Zenmuse X5 camera, fire and rescue teams can evaluate a blaze to determine its route and rate of travel as well as any exposed structures or other areas at risk.
- UASs can be outfitted with instruments that detect chemicals and radioactivity.
- Search and rescue drones can be outfitted with FLIR thermal and smart tracking hardware to locate trapped victims through smoke, flames, and other obstructions that would hinder traditional-methods operations.
- By mounting the DJI Zenmuse XT onto the DJI Inspire 1 rescue personnel can leverage thermal imaging to see through thick smoke, allowing them to quickly identify innocent civilians in immediate danger. Along with identifying hot points and the in many cases the origin of the fire.
- Paired with a Matrice 100, firefighters benefit from extended flight times, allowing for more careful monitoring.
- Go where no helicopter, ladder truck, boat or human being can, or should go while eliminating the risk of serious injury or even death.
- Search and rescue UASs can be used to drop critical supplies, life vests, tow lines, and more to victims.
- LE Drones UAS’s allow rescue personnel to quickly and effectively scout out dangerous fires, observe and monitor a large blaze from a safe advantage point and advise the necessary emergency and rescue equipment where to safely set up a command center.
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