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The Role of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Fire Service and EMS and What it Takes to be a Good Pilot

The age of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones as some people call them, is upon us. While both Amazon and Google have announced plans to use these unmanned vehicles for commercial delivery services, there some dramatic and incredibly beneficial uses of these unmanned aircraft in public safety fields outside of law enforcement. I happen to ... Read More »

Inexpensive Rescue Basket for DJI Matrice 200 and 210

DJI Matrice 210 Homemade Fire Department Rescue Basket.

Here at the Wake Forest Fire Department I finally gave up looking for a UAS rescue basket solution to deliver small items to victims in remote locations. There was no apparent solution available that met the wish list needs for our DJI Matrice 210 delivery solution. After looking high and low for a mechanism to deliver and drop items to ... Read More »

Rethinking Drones

TAKEOFF—Drones can be used in many beneficial ways, but they must be regulated, local officials s... Read More »

County Eyes Drone Purchase

By Ted Pennekamp Drones are being used for many purposes these days, some of which include farmi... Read More »

How I Setup My Tahoe for Fire Department Drone Flying

Sometimes people ask me about how I setup my Tahoe for my fire department UAS flying. I’ve dragged my feet long enough, so here is my setup. On the vehicle itself I have the requisite hidden red, yellow and white strobe lights for responding. But I also have a second battery in the vehicle to power all the accessories, lights, ... Read More »

The Coming Public Safety Drone Pilot Danger of Wilting on the Vine

It’s one thing to want to get into flying UAS or drones for public safety missions. Getting the proper training, passing the right tests, and doing a bit of flying is the easy part. What is going to become more of an issue are people of fire departments and police departments who have passed a test and flown a bit ... Read More »