Fire, police drones caught between saving lives, guarding rights

Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle Kevin White of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District retrieves the drone during a search-and-rescue training at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.Battalion Chief Jeff Kleven stood onshore peering through the predawn darkness. He couldn’t see if anyone was inside a car …

Martek Marine to play major role in EMSA drone project

Drones used for EMSA project will be compact and maneuverable Rotherham, U.K., headquartered Martek Marine is to play a key role in one of the world’s maritime drone projects. The company has been awarded a two year contract for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Services from the European Marine Safety Agency (EMSA) …

Mitchell County to use drone to help emergency responders

OSAGE—Mitchell County Emergency Services purchased a drone this month for the county’s emergency responders to use. “It’s another asset we can utilize now,” Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver said. Beaver said the sheriff’s office could use the drone for aerial views as it investigates traffic accidents, as well as search …

Infrared-equipped DJI drone helps locate missing skiers and snowboarders

Search and Rescue Kamloops image In a first in western Canada, an infrared-equipped drone was used to rescue four people stranded in darkness, in waist-deep snow, on a recreational skiing mountain in British Columbia. It happened overnight Monday-Tuesday, with a DJI Matrice equipped with a FLIR Vue Pro camera operated …

Using Drones for Emergency Management

By Allison G.S. Knox With new technology comes a variety of applications that can have tremendous benefits to organizations, society – and, of course, the way we handle emergency management.  Technology gives emergency management a new way of handling the given crisis, and perhaps, a new perspective for how to …