I am happy to see that recently drone usage has been on the news, but it has not been for the reasons most people expect. Typical drones in the news usually highlights drones being used for war purposes or some paranoid people highlighting how their worried about being spied on, retail delivery proposals or the latest in the legal spider web of drone usage. Two weeks ago, a horrible and tragic fire destroyed Grenfell Tower in London. And drones became a central focal point of some of the news surrounding the catastrophic event.
Once the London Fire Brigade was able to squander the flames engulfing Grenfell Tower, the firefighters sent up drones to survey the towers’ damage. The drones were able to provide HD live video of the building from all angles. The drones were also equipped with thermal imaging technology that allowed firefighters to detect body heat. The detection of body heat was crucial in determining if there were still survivors and where they were located inside the building.
The use of drones in the Grenfell Tower fire became vitally important for both the firefighters on the scene as well as the victims inside the building. Due to the intensity of the fire, the tower became increasingly dangerous for firefighters to access for investigative or surveying purposes. With the use of drones, the firefighters were able to know where the fire started by viewing the building from the air. Knowing this and other important information that can be gathered more quickly from close quarters aerial viewing can help the firefighters determine where they can best use their human resources to safely get to and rescue victims.
Fire Departments Using Drones More
It has been reported that since the beginning of the year, fire departments worldwide, have sharply increased their purchases of aerial drones. In addition to these purchases, the departments have also increased the number of contracts they secure with local drone operators.
Drones have shown how they can exceed the limits of what can be accomplished. They can take simple techniques or procedures and amplify them, literally, to new heights. These new pinnacles enable better data collecting, elevated view points and a whole new perspective on the situation. These new aerial “helpers” support missions of risk emergency service and reduce the risk posed to the community.
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