Firefighting, Hazmat, Tech Zone

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Issue 1 and Volume 168.

By JOE FALCONER Whether a call is for a fire, a hazmat spill, or a public gathering, emergency data is at the top of the list for mitigating collateral damage and casualties. Understanding the landscape, the heat sources, and the locations of the fire and the people on the ground will add to better situational awareness and provide quality information to make more efficient and safer decisions. A real-time aerial view using thermal imaging; visual light; red, green, blue (RGB) sensors; and a video transmission to multiple ground stations may provide that extra data you need to make better decisions. Lightweight, portable, easily deployed aerial technology could help firefighters in the field determine fire location, movement, and size. When communications break down, this could be the best information incident commanders (ICs) have to make informed decisions on where to go to stay safe. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that transmits…

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