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Learn about firefighting UAV trends.

With the quick deployment of a drone, fire crews can quickly understand the situation at hand with an aerial view. Infrared (thermal) cameras are especially helpful when fighting fires as thermal drone cameras can see through smoke and identify hotspots quickly. Below you will find our 2017 infographic on firefighting drone use cases.

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Firefighting Drones: How are drones used to fight fires?


Scene Monitoring

Rapid 360 degree assessment of burning structures
See through smoke with thermal imaging cameras to monitor hotspots and crew from above
Illuminate nighttime scene operations with floodlights


Wildland Firefighting

See current fire conditions and respond accordingly to changing situations
Reduce risk through better ground crew monitoring
Provide more reliable data to command centers


Search & Rescue

Survey large areas of hard to reach land
Deliver items to victims with payload drop systems
Find people at night with thermal imaging cameras and floodlights
Post Fire or Disaster Assessment Survey and map the scene to assess damage
Search and locate missing people after a natural disaster
Use footage for future training purposes
Types of Certificate of Waiver/Authorization (COA) to operate a small unmanned aircraft in the national airspace as a public aircraft operator for a public safety agency
Blanket Area Public Safety (BAPS) COA - Allows operation under 14 CFR part 107 rules
Jurisdictional COA - Allows operations in Class D, E, and C airspace as well as operations conducted at night. Must file a Notice to Airman (NOTAM) prior to flight.
Emergency COA - Allows for the one time operation of the UAS at that location based on an imminent risk to life type event where manned aircraft may need to be available or the risk to manned aircraft is too great.

If you enjoyed this infographic check out our two other infographics on Police Drones & Agriculture Drones.

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