Public Safety

North Carolina DOT Comes up with Best Practices for UAS in First Response

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 24, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has established best practices and recommended policies for agencies using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in first response, such as conducting search-and-rescue operations or surveying after a flood. The final report was released after [Read More]

Texas Sheriff’s Office Upgrading from Helicopter to UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 23, 2017

Thanks to a private donation, the sheriff’s office of Smith County, Texas, is bringing on board two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Located in the eastern part of the state, the 932-square-mile county boasts a population of roughly 209,000, as of [Read More]

Arizona National Forest Deals with UAS Disruption

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 22, 2017

The Cococino National Forest, located in northern Arizona, is reporting a disruption by an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) during recent firefighting efforts over a human-caused wildfire. According to an announcement from the forest service, the 275-acre Kendrick Fire was situated [Read More]

Welcome Home, Cherry! UAS Finds Missing Pup in Tunnel

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 22, 2017

A thermal camera-equipped unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is being credited with finding a missing Chihuahua-Pomeranian dog in the U.K. on Monday morning. According to a Facebook post from the unmanned aviation services group of Wales-based Resource Group, the company joined the [Read More]

Drone, Thermal Camera Combo Proves Effective at Florida Brush Fire

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 21, 2017

Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue recently deployed a FLIR-equipped unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to help fight a large brush fire in less-than-ideal conditions. According to FLIR Systems Inc., James Ippolito, deputy chief of the department, used a DJI Zenmuse [Read More]

UAV Helps Sheriff’s Office Recover Loads of Stolen Construction Goods

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 17, 2017

Maryland’s Cecil County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is crediting its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with leading to the arrest of a man who had stolen nearly $400,00 worth of construction equipment. As described in a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, [Read More]

DJI Releases Data on Lifesaving Drone Operations

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 15, 2017

Between May 2016 and February 2017, 38 lives were saved over 42 weeks; that means unmanned aircraft systems saved almost one life per week, on average, according to the drone manufacturer.

Jaguar Land Rover Teams with Red Cross for Drone-Equipped SUV

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 08, 2017

The new “Project Hero” car, which will be used to support disaster relief for the Red Cross, is based on the Land Rover Discovery luxury vehicle.

FDNY Deploys Tethered Unmanned Aircraft at Bronx Fire

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017

Having conducted training over the last several months, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) says it has deployed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the first time for a fire operation. Specifically, the department put its drone to use [Read More]

Texas A&M Forest Service Speaks out on Drone Interference

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 27, 2017

With the Texas winter wildfire season in full swing, officials at Texas A&M Forest Service are responding to an increase in wildfire frequency across the state. However, last week, two single engine air tankers (SEATS) responding to a wildfire in [Read More]