Public Safety

UAV Helps Search-and-Rescue Crew with Successful Mission

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been credited with helping to locate five missing persons at a ski resort in British Columbia. According to a report from CTVNews, Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSAR) – a volunteer rescue group based in [Read More]

Drones Dispatched to Help California in State of Emergency

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

Both the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and California Department of Water Resources are deploying unmanned aircraft in the wake of flooding in the state and the threat of flooding at the Oroville Dam.

North Carolina Sheriff’s Department Brings Quadcopter on Board

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office, a police station in Carthage, N.C., has purchased an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), which will be used by three trained deputies for a number of scenarios. According to an announcement from the sheriff’s office, the [Read More]

N.J. Sheriff’s Office Readies to Deploy UAV for Project Lifesaver

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 09, 2017

In a demonstration yesterday, the Somerset County, N.J., Sheriff’s Office showed off the capabilities of its recently acquired rescue drone, which is designed specifically for the search and rescue of those with cognitive disorders who are prone to wandering, including [Read More]

North Carolina DOT Works Toward UAS for Disaster Relief

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 08, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is exploring how to best implement unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into future disaster-relief efforts. The department’s division of aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers for [Read More]

Portland Transportation Bureau Seeks UAS for Storm Relief

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

As part of a new budget request, the Portland, Ore., Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking funds to purchase unmanned aircraft systems to help aid disaster response. According to a press release from Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the [Read More]

UN World Food Programme and Belgium Launch UAV Initiative

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

The United Nations World Food Programme and the government of Belgium are launching an initiative to explore the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in humanitarian emergencies. Today, WFP and Belgium led a workshop that brought together experts from the [Read More]

Virginia Zoo Deploys Drone in Search for Missing Red Panda

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 27, 2017

Come back home, Sunny! The Virginia Zoo has deployed a drone in the search for Sunny, its missing red panda. This morning, as part of an ongoing search, the zoo used an unmanned aircraft to aerially observe an “area of [Read More]

New Partnership Explores Wildfire-Fighting Strategies with UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 24, 2017

Abilene, Texas-headquartered Chaney Aerospace LLC is collaborating with Chloeta Fire LLC – a Jay, Okla.-based provider of wildland fire consulting and contracting – to develop wildfire-fighting strategies using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Throughout the spring, Chaney Aerospace will be flying [Read More]

Indiana Police Department Rolls out New UAS Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 20, 2017

Indiana’s Valparaiso Police Department has launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program, which the police say will provide additional support in several types of emergency situations. According to an announcement from the police department, which holds two Certificates of [Read More]

Coalition Protests Los Angeles Police’s New Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

A group dubbed the “Stop LAPD Spying Coalition” is protesting the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) plans to deploy an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Last week, the department announced that it had been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration [Read More]

You’re Invited: DJI, EENA to Talk Drones for Emergency Response

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

DJI and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) are presenting a webinar this Friday on using drones for emergency response. DJI and EENA will discuss the results of their recently completed yearlong project conducted with the emergency-response community in Europe. [Read More]

LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Ready to Deploy New UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 13, 2017

Now approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is bringing on board an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to be used in what it calls “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” At a press conference [Read More]

West Seneca, N.Y., Police Officers Win State-Funded Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

The town board of West Seneca, N.Y., has green-lighted the purchase of a $10,000 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to be used by the town’s police force. According to the West Seneca Bee, four police officers will receive training on how [Read More]

Report: Are UAVs Ready to Take Center Stage in Humanitarian Aid?

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

A recent research project explored the potential benefits and challenges of using drones during humanitarian crises.

University of Miami Students Creating Drone for Search and Rescue

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 23, 2016

The University of Miami College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is using a NASA grant to build a drone suited for search-and-rescue operations. According to a news post from the College of Engineering, the student team, headed [Read More]

Justice Department: Tips for Implementing Drones in Public Safety

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

The National Institute of Justice met with stakeholders last year to come up with ideas for how law enforcement can use drones “most effectively, fairly and transparently.”

AMA, Fly Robotics Launch UAS Training for Public Safety Officers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ (AMA) education department, in conjunction with Fly Robotics, has released a hands-on training course designed for public safety officers looking to implement unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). According to AMA, the course will provide officers the [Read More]

Federal Program for Search-and-Rescue UAVs Kicks off in B.C.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

A one-year pilot project for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in search and rescue (SAR) is kicking off in British Columbia. Naomi Yamamoto, the minister of state for emergency preparedness, has announced the Emergency Management BC’s endorsement of [Read More]

Osteopathic Physician Introduces Medical Disaster Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

Two new disaster drones delivered telemedical packages to victims and rescue personnel in a simulated mass casualty event yesterday at John Bell Airport in Bolton, Miss. The technology debuted before an audience that included Gov. Phil Bryant, R-Miss., and representatives [Read More]