For most of us, the word “drones” more likely elicited thoughts of Star Wars ten years ago than unmanned aircraft. Today, drones are being used in multiple ways, with fighting fires emerging as one of them.
At the upcoming session, “The Drones are Coming: Incorporating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the Fire Service of the Future,” John Flynn, New York Fire Department/Yonkers, NY, and Bart Elias, U.S. Congressional Research Service, will provide an overview of opportunities on the horizon for deploying unmanned aircraft as part of fire and emergency service response, along with the associated challenges.
More specifically, the session will explore available and emerging unmanned aircraft and sensor technologies; the current legal and regulatory framework for using them; and possible mission profiles and scenarios for deploying unmanned aircraft. A discussion of the various challenges associated with drone operations also will be addressed, with a particular focus on safety and privacy concerns.