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Special coverage: Emergency response in the drone age

With public safety usage and applications exploding, fire department drones are poised to be the next technology to redefine emergency response. Already in use to identify wildfire origins and water deployment targets, 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.

A UAS training program must address evolving regulations, expanding use of UAS in the fire service and gaining public support for fire department drone operations
Investigators found no difference in paramedic student recognition of scene hazards between a walk-around size-up and UAV flyover video
Consider assigning drones to specific apparatus to ensure incident commanders can dictate the drone’s deployment when needed on scene
A reliable broadband connection will help drones stream live video to improve situational awareness and resource deployment, and measure response in the fire service
UAS are becoming an integral component of multi-faceted response plans, helping to protect firefighters, first responders and communities
With the right commitment and training, drones in the fire service will be just another tool to protect life and property
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