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Using Drones in Emergency Response

When we think of drones, aerial photography and videography tend to be the first few things that come to mind but the career opportunities available to qualified drone pilots are far more varied.

Drones are helping our emergency services, from accidents, floods, bush fires, and much more, the use of drones is making it far safer and quicker to get help to the people that need it. To get involved in emergency response operations, you need to be a qualified drone pilot, to become a qualified drone pilot, you need to attend an accredited CASA drone training course, like the quality course we run here at Global Drone Solutions.

How can drones help emergency response units?

Here are four ways drones are helping our emergency services.

Bush Fire Tracking

Bush fires are a widespread and regular occurrence here in Australia and they’ve only been getting worse. It’s insanely dangerous to send many of our emergency response teams into an area that is severely affected by bush fires, which can leave people stranded, the fires continue to rage, and a lot of the time we are not completely sure which direction the bush fire will take next.

Drones have changed how we tackle such emergencies. Being able to get a bird’s eye view of a bush fire gives us the information we need to not only track where it currently is but also to get a clear, more reliable predicted trajectory of where it is going. This gives us time to evacuate those who may be in the path of a bush fire and allows our firefighters to work on the land ahead and possibly stop the fire before it causes more damage.

It also means we are no longer sending our firefighters into a dangerous situation completely blind, saving their lives and others.

Early Detection

With drone surveillance in the sky, we detect issues and natural disasters before they become too much of a problem. Early detection is key when it comes to saving as many lives as possible and minimising damage. Our CASA drone trained pilots can get a good idea of what is going on without having to put actual human bodies in the way of any possible danger.

Search And Rescue

Search and rescue teams work tirelessly to find missing persons and people who need help. However, finding them can be tricky. Searching on foot is slow, tiring, and not always effective. It can also put a lot of our search and rescue teams in harm’s way.

Yes, there are helicopters, but they can only get so close to the land and views can be blocked or hard to make out, so again it’s not always the most effective way of searching for people. Especially if they are looking in an area with low visibility or areas that are awash with trees, mountains, or any other natural landscapes that may make searching harder.

Drones are nimble, can get very close to land, they’re fast, and a good drone pilot will be able to maneuver past different obstacles. Drones are making search and rescue quicker and more successful while keeping more people away from dangerous situations.

Deliver Emergency Supplies

In the wake of a natural disaster, roads can become blocked, bridges can collapse, and communities are devastated. Getting emergency supplies to these communities is incredibly important after a disaster but sometimes traditional delivery methods have been made impossible by the destruction.

Drones can bridge that gap, providing a simple and fast way of getting emergency supplies to communities that need them.

Working with different emergency response providers, as a drone pilot, can be an incredibly rewarding experience but all potential drone pilots must have undertaken CASA drone training with an accredited training provider.

Here at Global Drone Solutions, we provide CASA drone training across Australia, and we can’t wait to help you reach your career goals.

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