As the aerial industry expands, the world is beginning to see what drones can do for different industries. Thanks to the accessibility, maneuverability, data collection, and ease-of-use that drones provide, drones are saving companies and cities money, time, and lives.
We can see this trend at both the commercial and public levels, but when it comes to firefighting, drones are at the cusp of a new way to save structures, citizens, and the firefighters themselves.
While drones aren’t quite at the technological level necessary for them to autonomously fight fires, what they are providing firefighters is more than replacing a hose on the ground for one in the air.
In every industry, drone pilots and professionals utilize UAVs to their many advantages thanks to the variety of payloads capabilities (cameras, sensors, etc.) that are customizable on most drones. Like roof inspectors and realtors before them, firefighters too are learning how to best use drones in their industry.
For starters, firefighters are being trained to fly drones with protective casing, thermal imaging, and hotspot detection software to showcase different heat levels, structural hazards, and people trapped in a blaze.
While firefighters across the country have been slow to adopt the technology, a new report suggests that the coming decade will generate almost $900 million from drones used in firefighting.
This is because getting accurate information as quickly as possible can be the difference between life and death in the realm of public safety.
When homesteads, businesses, and lives are on the line, thermal imaging that identifies toxic substances can be make or break. And when the heat is too much? Drones can go where emergency personnel can’t to save buildings that are precious to you and your family.
According to a firefighting representative during an interview on CBS, drones are, “The best tool we’ve gotten since the fire hose.” When you add post-fire documentation to the list of aerial advantages, the future of flyers vs fires becomes clear.