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A Fire At My Favorite Sandwich Shop And Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts

In some very unappetizing news, a fire broke out at K Sandwiches in San Diego, California. Many San Diegans, myself included, consider K Sandwiches to be the home of best banh mi in town. Needless to say I was shocked to see my favorite sandwich shop burning down on the late night news, then it got [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:34-08:00August 7th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Opinion, Safety|Comments Off on A Fire At My Favorite Sandwich Shop And Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts

Careless Drone Pilots Causing Problems For California Firefighters

In California, fire season is a fact of life. This year, things have been different. While our firefighters have been responding to large fires in the usual fashion, by mobilizing fire fighting aircraft. The problem is, some irresponsible drone operators have been causing havoc by flying their quadcopters close to the fire fighting helicopters and [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:37-08:00July 28th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder|Comments Off on Careless Drone Pilots Causing Problems For California Firefighters

In CA, Flying Drones Near Fires Could Cost You $5,000-$25,000

If You Fly, We Can't Thanks to a number of recent drone incidents in California, specifically the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains area, new legislation is being considered. If passed, this legislation would make it a crime in California to fly remote-controlled aircraft over wildfires and establish a minimum fine of $5,000 [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:48-08:00July 10th, 2015|Drones, FAA, Fire Department, Opinion, Safety|Comments Off on In CA, Flying Drones Near Fires Could Cost You $5,000-$25,000

Drone Assists In Swift Water Rescue And Saves Two Kids

Source: Auburn Fire Department DroneLife.com recently re-published an article by Jeff Stone, a journalist at the International Business Times. I like this story because it has a positive spin on things. A responsible, experienced drone pilot was able to use his skills to aid in a search & rescue mission involving a two "kids." (I wonder [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:49-08:00July 9th, 2015|Drones, Fire Department, Search and Rescue|Comments Off on Drone Assists In Swift Water Rescue And Saves Two Kids

FAA Following Up On Lake Fire Incident In Southern California

I recently reported on the Lake Fire and the negative impact that inexperienced drone pilots were having on the firefighting effort. No big surprises here, the FAA are actively looking into the event. Drone are not toys and in the hands of an inexperienced pilot they can become dangerous. If you are serious about drones and [...]

By |2015-07-07T20:16:22-08:00July 8th, 2015|Drones, FAA, Fire Department|Comments Off on FAA Following Up On Lake Fire Incident In Southern California

Drone Fear Mongering From Marty Roney/Gannett

Marty Roney, File Photo Reading through my daily collection of drone related articles, I saw something that stood out. Marty Roney of the Montgomery Advertiser wrote a fear mongering piece about drones. Now full disclosure, I am not a regular reader of the Montgomery Advertiser, but rest assured, I read this article from top [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:25:02-08:00June 13th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department, Opinion|Comments Off on Drone Fear Mongering From Marty Roney/Gannett

UAV Gets “Hosed” by Local Fire Department

A former firefighter in upstate New York is suing the local fire department for hosing down his "$2,200" drone (we found the drone listed for $949). A man named John Thompson says he wants the Coldenham Fire department to reimburse the cost of his drone, which was intentionally destroyed by them. On June 4, firefighters [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:25:03-08:00June 11th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department|1 Comment

During a Texas Flood, a Drone Pilot Rescues Flood Victims

Even with the FAA restrictions, drones are becoming invaluable tools for our first responders. I recently wrote about the Wisconsin Police departments using a borrowed drone to catch a suspect. Cathy Free, a People Magazine journalist, wrote about a recent event in Texas. During a Texas flood, Bill and Tracey Kastel found themselves trapped during [...]

By |2015-06-02T19:17:45-08:00June 2nd, 2015|Drones, Fire Department, Police|Comments Off on During a Texas Flood, a Drone Pilot Rescues Flood Victims