Drones in Rescue Missions
In recent years, the use of drones for commercial operations has increased significantly. Some of the areas the use of drones has been applied to involve areas as diverse as agriculture, filmmaking, land survey, delivery, drone photography just to mention but a few.
In Europe, advancements in drone/UAV technologies have increased to the degree that they can be used today as a quick response for rescue missions. In fact, some popular camera drones are being used for rescue and law enforcement today.
This has transformed the way first rescue missions and civil protection mission will operate in the future. Not only will drones help first responders in making certain decisions, but drone videos relayed back will provide rescue personnel with precise aerial perspectives of the scene of interest.
Use of Drones In Rescue Photography and Live Video
The Chinese company and market leader in DJI, in partnership with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), are training first responders in Europe on how to use this sophisticated technology in rescue operations and emergencies.
This partnership is intended for extension across other organizations in Europe. According to DJI’s director of education Romeo Durscher, drones are improving the future of human response to dangerous situations without further endangering human lives. This technology is easy to deploy in dangerous situations without endangering the lives of the pilots.
It was reported earlier this year that a quarter of the 43 police forces in England and Wales were considering using drones to trace burglary suspects in high-risk operations.
This means that drones are likely to become the common site and will be used in a wide range of criminal investigations including both in drone photography and drone videos operations to aid crime detectives.
The joint DJI-EENA will give carefully selected European teams of pilots sophisticated drones that will be used and the first two pilot tests sites will be in Denmark.
Here, the greater Copenhagen fire department will be trained on drone application on firefighting, chemical accidents, car accidents both in urban as well as over water environment.
The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team in Ireland will be are already using DJI’s software development kit for rescue mission coordination in remote regions via drone videos and drone photography.
EENA established an emergency hotline in Europe in 1999 and as at now, it has over 1,200 emergency representatives from more than 80 countries worldwide. Therefore, the organization is well placed to promote drone use in emergency response situations and hence develop a framework on drone operations in Europe.
DJI and EENA intend at the end of the pilot project to share the insights and the best practices with the wider international emergency response community to promote a safe integration of drones in emergency situations.
Although most governments to date still focus the application of UAVs on military operations, drones will greatly improve the efficiency of response to emergency situations.
Such operations are however still in the development and testing stages. In fact, it has been projected that the shipment of consumer drones will have increased more than four times in the next five years. This is due to competitive prices and the emerging new technologies that make flying drones easier for beginners.
However, the rules and regulations for operating drones are still evolving and as such the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says that they are most certainly a type of aircraft and not toys. Therefore, the aviation laws and regulations of flying them may apply depending on countries.