High risk situations are an everyday occurrence within law enforcement and the emergency services. Drones, however, are here to change that. From aerial risk assessments to faster search and rescue operations, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have a number of uses for the emergency services.

A drone is much safer to operate, reducing significant risk for all involved in emergency situations. It can be launched in a very short space of time, either rin place or ahead of a helicopter response. This can significantly reduce costs for emergency services, as they are more easily able to assess whether a helicopter response is required, best landing position, and the location of those in need.

The high risk situations presented in the emergency services also put workers at risk – however drones can significantly reduce the possibility of harm to staff. Whether sent in to assess a hostage situation or launched ahead to determine the best path on difficult terrain, or even to take stock of a potential terrorist situation, drones can replace the need for sending people into potentially harmful or even fatal positions.

Drones can save emergency services huge amounts of money in a very short amount of time. Examples of how money is saved using drones in the police force, fire, medical, and rescue services include:

  • Faster determination of the safest path in a rescue situation
  • Thermal cameras enable fast location of hidden fugitives or missing people in a blast or earthquake scenario
  • Launched instead of helicopters to assess situations from the air
  • Multiple operations and directions can be covered by a group of drones at significantly less than traditional aerial support
  • Traffic monitoring is far easier and simpler with a sky view
  • Crowds are more easily monitored and recorded for easy feedback should incidents arise
  • Prisons can implement drones for additional security measures without adding risk to staff
  • Scenes of large fires can be safely assessed without putting staff at risk
  • Hostage situations are more easily interpreted with less risk to staff
  • Covert security can save money for protection forces as high risk areas can be monitored at distance or ground teams can be effectively coordinated from the air

These are just a handful of examples in the usefulness of drones within the emergency services. The fast-response ability, increased safety, greater situational visibility, and advanced thermal cameras mean drones are multiple-use tools which can save time in emergency situations.

Keep reading for more details on the uses of drones in the police force, fire service, and emergency medical and rescue services…

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