This past weekend, Suntuity AirWorks hosted a booth at the Daytona Beach Fire-Rescue 2020 conference, and if you saw us there, you got a first-hand look at how drones are revolutionizing emergency safety procedures nationwide.
But in case you didn’t, you may be wondering, “How can a drone help with fires? Do they spray water from the sky?!”
Well, kind of…
But as that capability finds its footing, drones in firefighting today are used for far more than simply replacing a hose on the ground for one in the air.
Each drone comes with various capabilities. From the tiny Mavic’s maneuverability and speed to the Matrice’s payload customization options, if there’s a job, there’s a drone for it.
This flexibility has positioned drone services as one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Drone pilots and professionals use different capabilities and payloads (cameras, sensors, etc.) for a variety of situations, from roof inspection to survey-grade mapping, so save clients money, time, and most importantly, lives.
Armed with these aerial capabilities, firefighters are being trained to send in drones with protective casing, thermal imaging, and hotspot detection software to pinpoint different heat signatures, structural concerns, and potential victims trapped in a blaze.
Despite their universal use, according to a report, in 2018 only 186 fire and EMS departments were actively using drones in their emergency procedures. But, according to a report by Goldman Sachs, the coming decade will show that number grow significantly with over $881 million expected to be generated by using drones in firefighting.
This is because data is the oil of this next century, and the value of data in an emergency field is invaluable.
When lives and millions in property damage are on the line, seeing through smoke to identify toxic substances or going where firefighters can’t to save buildings only scratches the surface of what drones can do to impact the world of firefighting.
There’s a reason one firefighting technician told CBS drones were, “The best tool we’ve gotten since the fire hose.” Drones are changing the way fires are fought with active incident infrared imaging, post-fire documentation, and data collection processes that weren’t even thought of a decade ago.
Want to learn more? Visit www.suntuityairworks.com/enterprise to see how we’re updating police, municipalities, and emergency response teams with the tools, training, and savings they need to update their processes with the considerable benefits of an aerial advantage.