Drones are now being utilised in search and rescue missions around the world as teams start to see their benefits.
When comparing to traditional methods there are some huge advantages. Drones can be deployed rapidly once on site. This means a search can begin immediately once on site, saving time on getting teams ready to be deployed. Due to the fast nature of this method, there is no waiting around for manned aviation to arrive on the scene.
Once setup, the drone can fly a search area autonomously sending live image and thermal data directly back to the base of operations. This enhances the incident commanders decision making, allowing them to deploy teams most efficiently.
Risk to ground teams is minimised as drones can cover potentially inhospitable areas. This is a huge benefit when dealing with missing people. This method also helps reduce the time of starting an operation compared to traditional methods of using manned aviation. There is no waiting for manned aviation to arrive on site as with drones you will have ‘eyes in the sky’ immediately whilst receiving live information back to base.
Rapid deployment of the drone allows for immediate live feedback to the ground base from the multiple on-board sensors
Allows the incident manager to make informed decisions on the live information that is been sent to them, meaning they can deploy their teams into areas that are not dangerous for the teams to search and where potential sightings have been made
With the drone being able to cover a large search area quickly and safely it allows the incident manager to deploy their teams efficiently and safely, and allows them to quickly decide which areas the teams should be and not be sent to.