Drones are revolutionizing the way public safety workers perform on the job. Drones enable immediate intel information to be transferred to incident commanders. They allow workers to effectively direct resources with a consistent feed of aerial information. Robotic scouting helps workers stay safe on site. Drones bring rapid, clear imaging that provides information to firefighters to efficiently fight fires while helping to maintain the worker’s safety. Drones offer 360° views of a burning building by using thermal imaging. This feature allows firefighters spot victims and monitor the fire’s progress regardless of thick smoke. Large wildfires can be monitored via drones, while reporting real time information to commanders. Hot spots and teams can be monitored with thermal imaging and strong zooming capabilities.

The Lynwood Fire Department speaks to the value and potential challenges of introducing a drone program within their fire department.