This report describes the unmanned aerial system (UAS) and Team Awareness Kit (TAK) support provided by the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE) to Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) and San Juan National Forest firefighters on the Yellowjacket Prescribed Fire from September 13–14, 2018.
Another great example of drones being used for good.
Teamwork amongst various agencies paid off as a drone, initially purchased to assist in firefighting was piloted successfully in an aerial SAR of a runaway juvenile in Effingham County, IL.
Everyday, more and more government, state and local agencies are becoming more receptive to the use of drones and are including them as part of their tools and procedures. CSFD now has drones in the air to better help them in serving the community. Here’s a short article and news station video on this.
You might hear the terms “night vision”, thermal, infrared and maybe a few others. Here’s a good article from FLIR about “what is what”.
One of the most important tools in the UAS SAR arsenal for a mission is the use or inclusion of thermal imaging. But thermal imaging is also an “art unto itself”. With this technology, there are many variations and nuances to learn and be aware of so as to optimize your time with a mission. This FLIR thermal series is probably one of the better ones out there. …so click the link and learn what you may not have known; …or what you need to know about thermal imaging.
In the field of UAS SAR, different groups as well as pilots either prefer their own vendor/model because of its capabilities and versatility …or just because of price and affordability. The bottom line: it doesn’t matter what bird you put in the air as long as it has a possibility of assisting in locating that missing person. While DJI is the dominant play, here’s a review of the Yuneec Commercial UAS model.
It’s worth the peek!
Note: We (i.e. SARDRONERESOURCES) are agnostic and do not endorse any one vendor over another.