By Paul Allen, Key Account Manager, Emergency Services
Using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in support of disaster response has been, and continues to be, a learning experience for the unmanned industry. The past few months were extremely busy for our commercial group as we traveled around the country helping with response efforts for Hurricane Harvey and fighting wildfires in Northern California and Oregon. While we dread these events, we appreciate the humbling opportunity to be able to minimize damage and provide help for communities that are impacted by hurricanes, floods, wildfires and more.
Several new technologies emerged to support disaster response this summer, and UAS played a significant role in protecting threatened communities. I’d like to take a step back and discuss some lessons we have learned.
Below are the top five benefits we saw from using drones to help fight wildfires.
This past fire season has been one of learning for the unmanned industry, and has therefore afforded us the opportunity to grow. It’s been humbling for our team to provide support for the brave women and men who fight fires and respond to disasters, and we’ll continue to work on providing the best support for those teams.