Fire service officers have a new tool for fire investigation, size up and accident scene documentation. It can also be used in areas like by-law enforcement, industrial area inspections, biomass pile monitoring and training evaluation. UAVs equipped with live HD video capture and FLIR thermal imaging can play a major role in all fire related services.
There are many challenges facing emergency services personnel during their response to emergency situations and having accurate real-time information can make a significant difference in saving lives and property.
Accurately documenting the scene and performing perimeter searches are critical tasks performed at every call. With the latest UAV technology, 360 surveys of a fire scene are simplified, perimeter thermal imaging searches can be done quickly and effectively with the onboard FLIR thermal camera and live base-station monitors.
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Having to respond fast to emergency situations means there are going to be several unknowns. Are there hazardous goods or dangerous chemicals on site, are they explosive? and will be be able to get close enough to effectively fight the fire?
A fire in Stone Creek Quarry in Connecticut saw hundreds of people evacuated when fires broke out in holes containing explosives covers by old blast matts. A local volunteer firefighter sent in his personal drone and was able to show that the fire was far from the explosives and the crew was able to safely go in and extinguish the fire.
By P.J. Norwood
“...my initial apprehension and lack of acceptance of this technology quickly changed when I saw the Branford (CT) Fire Department (BFD) used it to manage an incident. Drones have endless uses on the emergency scene and within a nonemergency role when preplanning and training. Consider the usefulness of sending a drone up to accurately size up a hazardous material incident; managing of a local, large-scale, highly attended event such as road race or sporting event; or the ability to get an aerial view of incident operations on a large commercial building.”
Retrieved from http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/10/drones-change-is-in-the-air.html on May 1, 2015
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The FLIR thermal camera is an LWIR camera solution that is smaller than a dime, keeping weight on our UAVs to a minimum, and is ten times less expensive than a traditional IR camera. Using a focal plane array (FPA) of 80 × 60 active pixel the video resolution from this small package is impressive. Other FLIR cameras are available to meet your specific project requirements.
• Thermal sensitivity <50 mK
• Multiple lens options: 50° / 25° FOV
• Spectral range Longwave infrared, 8 μm to 14 μm
Aretas Aerials technical team can integrate a wide variety of HD cameras into your UAV. The Fire Rescue UAV comes standard with the Action Cam, one of the most sophisticated mini-cameras available. Measuring 1 3/8″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4″ inches and weighing only 1.4 ounces, this camera can easily fit on a UAV to capture stunning 1080 HD video quality normally only found with cameras 5 times the size and weight. Other HD Video cameras are available to meet your specific project requirements.
• 30 frames per second.
• Excellent quality audio at 512 Kbps PCM (CD quality)
• Photo: 2304 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
• MicroSD card slot, supports up to 32GB (some 64 & 128GB cards)