As emergency events continue to grow larger in nature, force and extent, tactical and first responders are constantly being challenged to adapt to an environment where the only constant, is change. Despite this, they are expected to do more with less, with community expectations surpassing increases in government funding, whilst a relentless media (and social media) watch on, judging their every move.
GPS assisted Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) with collision protection and active camera stabilisation are playing a number of important roles in assisting emergency services to cut costs, deliver efficiencies and save time when performing under these pressures.
At a first-responder level, a drone fitted with digital thermography equipment can be used in the search for missing persons, where every second counts. Remotely piloted aircraft can, in many instances be deployed quicker than a helicopter, are more affordable and can fly at lower altitudes making it easier to discriminate between human and animal forms.
Thermal imaging can also be used to determine the source, spread, direction and ferocity of a fire in buildings or bushland, allowing emergency services to plan a coordinated attack prior to entering the battle-zone. Again, in many instances a remotely piloted aircraft can be deployed faster than a helicopter and is more affordable, justifying its use in a broader range of events.
Remotely piloted aircraft can also provide a valued ‘eye-in-the-sky’ to Police undertaking tactical operations. Drones are able to see over obstacles and around corners to obtain situational awareness without putting forces in harms way. Being relatively quiet, and able to hover at an altitude of up to 400’ (~122m), drones can covertly cover an incident without drawing attention.
UAV’s are also useful tools in crime scene analysis, traffic accident investigations, fire damage assessment, and in evaluating emergency management’s effectiveness, by providing a means for post-event review and analysis. Furthermore, drone footage can be used to dispute false accounts, or provide eyewitness testimony in the event of conflicting statements.
Few Emergency Services however have authority to spend the money to cover the expense associated with purchasing aerial equipment, together with attaining an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Controller Certificate and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator Certificate (UOC) through the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
This is where National Drones steps up. Our team of fully insured, licensed and experienced UAV Controllers cut costs, deliver efficiencies and save time, being ready and able to assist Emergency Services at a surprisingly competitive price. Our aim is to make aerial surveillance more accessible and affordable, supporting the efforts of Emergency Service providers.