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Firefighting Operations Disrupted Four Times in Four Days by Drones

Let's face it. We've got some bad actors in the drone community and their behavior is reflecting badly on the community at large. I'm still shocked every time I read about a firefight or other first responder operation being disrupted by a careless drone pilot. Please stop. You aren't going to catch some amazing shot and [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:25:18+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on Firefighting Operations Disrupted Four Times in Four Days by Drones

Maryland Drone Operator Arrested After Flying Near An Active Fire

It was just a matter of time before I had to report on a story like this. I mean it was inevitable right? After all the stories I've posted about people flying their drones near active fires. Now, in College Park, Maryland, Trevon Miller, a 24 year old drone pilot, has been arrested. Why? He [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:33+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department, Police|Comments Off on Maryland Drone Operator Arrested After Flying Near An Active Fire

Police and Fire Departments in Chula Vista Considering Drone Use

I've posted a number of times about police and/or fire departments planning to or already using drones. This trend is creating great opportunities for drone experts; this means there is an opportunity for you to turn your hobby into a career. The Chula Vista Police and Fire Departments are planning to use small drones with [...]

By | 2017-04-26T10:35:51+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Police, Search and Rescue|Comments Off on Police and Fire Departments in Chula Vista Considering Drone Use

Please Don’t Fly Your Drone Into Active Firefighting Operations

As helpful as drones can be, they can be harmful as well. Just ask the firefighters who were responsible for fighting the Lake Fire just south of Big Bear. In the middle of the firefight, an inconsiderate drone operator decided to fly his UAV into the the active firefighting operation. When drones fly in, firefighting [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:34+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on Please Don’t Fly Your Drone Into Active Firefighting Operations

DJI Wants You To Know Drones Save People

Did you know that your favorite DJI drone has a secret identity as a superhero? Well maybe not really a superhero, but according to DJI their drones have been saving people and to back up that statement, they have decided to start keeping track. To date, they have tracked eighteen incidents. Curious to learn more, [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:39+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Police, Safety, Search and Rescue|Comments Off on DJI Wants You To Know Drones Save People

DJI Proposes New Invisible “License Plate” for all Drones

As useful and entertaining as drones are, it's important to recognize the potential risks of the technology. Drones can cause havoc in restricted airspace such as at airports or endanger first responders dealing with emergencies such as wildfires. Historically, it's often been difficult to track a drone back to its operator, but DJI would like [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:40+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police|Comments Off on DJI Proposes New Invisible “License Plate” for all Drones

$40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

First responders should be paying particular attention to this story. Mr. Nils Rodday, a security researcher recently announced a method for hacking a $30,000 drone designed to be used by police and firefighters. That's bad news. The fact that Mr. Rodday's hack works from up to a mile away and requires just about $40 worth [...]

By | 2016-03-16T22:18:12+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Anti-drone Technology, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police|Comments Off on $40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

Commercial Drone Operator Provides Firefighters With Valuable Air Support

How often do you find a story where the drone was featured as the hero (or at the very least one of the good guys)? On Maui, a remote brush fire that burned four acres created a unique opportunity for a commercial drone operator, working for Maui 24/7, to provide support to the fire department. [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:45+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Conservation, Drone Services, Drone Technology, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on Commercial Drone Operator Provides Firefighters With Valuable Air Support

Manchester Firefighers Establish Quadcopter Based Air Unit

Rachel Pick of Motherboard recently wrote an article about Greater Manchester's Fire and Rescue Service using drone technology. While firefighters in California are being hindered by hobbyist drones, in stark contrast, the firefighters of Greater Manchester's Fire and Rescue Service have established their own Air Unit. This Air Unit currently uses their drone, outfitted with an infrared camera, to identify [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:24:07+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, International|Comments Off on Manchester Firefighers Establish Quadcopter Based Air Unit

New Drone Bill Focuses On The Safety And Effectiveness Of Firemen

2015 has been the year of the drone for firefighters. In California, our regular fire season has been peppered with drone interference that has halted or slowed down vital firefighting efforts. Careless operators, most likely trying to get the next viral video clip on YouTube, are indirectly destroying property and threatening lives. With so many [...]

By | 2015-09-16T19:33:40+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, FAA, Fire Department, First Responder, Opinion|Comments Off on New Drone Bill Focuses On The Safety And Effectiveness Of Firemen