Drones have already shown their value in agriculture, construction, security, and tactical situations. In these roles, drones conduct aerial surveys, perform intricate tasks, and identify potentially dangerous situations- all valuable actions that save time and money while reducing the risk of harm to human workers.
Now, drones are quickly proving their worth in higher risk situations. First-responders are rapidly embracing drones for use in emergencies. Here are four ways drones can help search and rescue teams.
Scan Large Areas Quickly
A drone’s ability to provide an aerial view of large sections of land - or water - has already proven valuable. Over the past two years, dozens of stories have emerged of drone technology significantly cutting down on search & rescue time. This is especially helpful when rescuers are working in inclement weather or searching for someone at night. In several of these situations, drones have saved lives through the use of thermal imaging, or by finding hikers before dangerously frigid temperatures set in.
Provide In-Air Support
Drones can do more than scan large areas and provide high-quality aerial views. UAVs can also help rescuers determine the best way to reach those in need by providing directions. In search situations, they can assist helicopters by providing searchlights. Using drones to search for people, or to provide light to rescuers, can keep rescuers safe while they help others.
Identify & Reduce Safety Risks
Imagine reducing risks for first responders while increasing response time and accuracy - that’s what drones do! Firefighters are using drones to gather information on wildfires and weather conditions; police are deploying drones in tactical situations to assist SWAT team members; and military groups are using drones for reconnaissance, tactical maneuvers, and more. As drone technology grows, we are finding more ways to save human lives by employing UAVs in high-risk situations.
Drones can often reach those in need before manned vehicles; and they can do so with much more precision, too. This is why drones are now being used to deliver supplies in high-risk situations. UAVs have been deployed to rush medical supplies to remote areas; drop inflatables to swimmers in trouble, and even deliver food and water to first responders or victims awaiting rescue.
Ready to Learn More?
To date, drones have saved dozens of lives - and that number increases daily. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are quickly becoming a vital component of first responder teams. If you’re ready to add a drone to your response & rescue plan, we can help. We are the country’s leader in drone technology, training, and deployment. Reach out to us today to discuss how drones can help your first response team work smarter and safer.