17 Ways Drones are Used in public safety

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“So we did a spring survey in 2020, and it came back with more than 17 use cases. It was amazing. I knew that we had seen an increase in the number of use cases, but I didn’t know that it had gone that far.”

Charles Werner

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THis Week’s Key Question

“How Are Drones Used by Public Safety Organizations”

This Week’s Guests

Charles Werner is Director of the Drone Responders Public Safety Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate preparedness, response and resilience using unmanned aircraft systems operated by public safety organizations around the world.  Charles Werner is the retired Charlottesville Virginia fire chief, a 44 year veteran of public safety and a FAA certified Part 107 remote pilot. He organized and is the Chair of the National Council on Public Safety UAS. He also serves on several local, state and national  committees and has authored more than 120 published articles on public safety. 

What We Learn

In 2020, the Airborne International Response Team and DroneResponders conducted a survey of public sector organizations on the use of drones in public safety.  That survey identified 17 different missions where drones were used to support public safety, listed below:

  • Crime Scene Investigation / Forensic Analysis
  • COVID-19 Support
  • Damage Assessment
  • Incident Command and Control (Live Streaming)
  • Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Response
  • Mapping (non-forensic related)
  • Public Information
  • Target Search (including Search and Rescue)
  • Security Overwatch (Surveillance)
  • Structure Fire Response
  • Special Event Planning
  • SWAT-related
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Training / Exercises
  • Transportation of Cargo / Equipment
  • Wildfire Response
  • Other

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Charles gives us an update on the Drone Responders and provides some insights into the survey results and the growth of drones in advancing the public safety use of drones.

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