“More than 50 people have been saved with the help of a drone since 2013” (abcnews.go.com)
Drone technology has taken off over the past few years. From military applications to recreational use, drones have emerged as useful tools. Police and fire departments have begun to recognize the benefits of drones and are increasingly utilizing the technology to help save lives. According to ABC News, “More than 50 people have been saved with the help of a drone since 2013.”(abcnews.go.com)
From a fire department stand point, drones can be used to search for people stranded in floods or to monitor the conditions of wildfires. Armed with thermal imaging, drones can also be used to find victims in zero visibility conditions as well as locate hidden fire. Drones can even deliver needed emergency equipment across large geographic areas. The potential uses for drones in the field of emergency service are limitless.
ABC News produced a special story on emergency responder drones. The video can be seen below:
What are your thoughts on fire drones? Does your department already utilize drone technology?