The fire department has been embracing all the latest technologies for better protection, and drones is one of them.
Fremont, CA: While drones continue to get smaller and powerful, with better payload options, one thing that will remain the same is their ability to quickly reach a point of view where people cannot easily access them.One of the next major developments in the fire service is likely to be drones. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are flying vehicles which are operated remotely and do not have a pilot. Drones help firefighters gather crucial information about current fires, allowing them to concentrate their resources on where their support is most needed, preventing them from damaging them, and saving lives. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of drones in fire protection.
Identify risk: Drones assist firefighting efforts by offering an aerial view of the fire scene, which provides real-time information to firefighters about how a fire is unfolding. Drones will help firefighters understand how the fire is spreading, and where it might go next when dealing with wildfires.
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Be prepared with a plan: Firefighters can use drones to capture photos and create orthomosaic maps of key buildings and facilities. These maps help firefighters understand where the exits are and can be used during a fire.
Quick disaster response: UAVs can provide a quick, secure way for firefighters to capture data related to catastrophic events such as floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. This early information allows incident commanders and emergency managers to recognize the extent of the effect of the community on the development of facilities, road conditions, and living conditions, and this data may help decide what additional services surrounding communities or other organizations will require.
Fast emergency deliveries: In crisis situations, firefighters can use drones to make emergency deliveries, carrying items such as Automatic External Defibrillators (or AEDs) and any other equipment that may be needed on the ground.
Investigate thoroughly: Using a drone to capture aerial footage as the fire is burning will have a twofold effect, one, the situational understanding of what is happening on the scene at the moment, and two, the collection of first-hand data on how the fire burned when it was active. It is possible to archive and use this material, captured in photographs and videos, for inquiries into how the fire could have taken place.
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