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Firefighting Drones

Firefighting and drones


Firefighters are quickly adopting next-generation aerial tools, ranging from multi-gas detectors to high-resolution thermal and visual cameras, enabling rapid and informed decisions when responding to volatile emergency situations. Drones equipped with thermal cameras can quickly and accurately locate hot spots within a fire, allowing firefighters to focus their efforts on extinguishing the blaze.

Firefighting Drones Key Benefits


Urban Firefighting

Provide immediate aerial intelligence and guide optimal response to protect people and property


Forest Firefighting

Scan vast areas and quickly identify fire lines, assess their threat, and optimize response


HazMat Operations

Rapidly and remotely identify threats while keeping response teams safe

How drones are used during firefighting

Situational awareness: In a typical scenario where a fire has broken out in a building, firefighters arrive at the spot and begin their operation with limited information about the extent of the fire and damage it has caused to the structure. Instead, with a fleet of drones, firefighters can begin with an aerial assessment of the scene and know the extent of the fire before starting their rescue operation using drones.

Reach difficult places: Drones are efficient in going to tight spaces since they are nimble and agile, and deploying them first avoidings putting humans in unsafe situations.

Thermal assessment: In a firefighting situation, firefighters work against the clock to save the lives and integrity of the structure. That is why it is important to direct their efforts towards the source of a fire. Drones equipped with a thermal camera can assist firefighters to identify hotspots inside a blazing structure. Accordingly, firefighters can direct their efforts to bring the situation under control.

Search and rescue: Firefighters are actively involved in search and rescue missions. A thermal camera drone can do the job of 100 people by scanning a large area and identifying people in distress. During a natural calamity like an earthquake, thermal camera drones can fly over fallen structures and identify trapped individuals, and even identify dangerous leakages.

Urban Firefighting

Drones and firefighting

Traditional Challenges Urban Fire Response

Arriving on scene, smoke, buildings, and obstacles can make it challnging to determine the scope of a fire and its threat.

Limited ground perspectives on the fire can hinder the optimal deployment of attention and resources In the aftermath of a fire disaster, it can be hazardous and costly to survey and document damage.

How Drones Aid Urban Firefighting

Fly over buildings and obsacles, and see through smoke with thermal cameras to help prioritize targets.

Stream live video intelligence back to command centers to align teams and eliminate uncertaint Leverage high-resolution cameras to remotely monitor remaining threats and document damage for future analysis.

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Forest Firefighting

Forest Firefighting

Traditional Challenges For Forest Firefighting

Inadequate road infrastructure and complex terrain makes patroling high-risk forested regions challenging for ground teams.

From the ground, it can be difficult to quickly determine the scope of a fire and to prioritize targets.

Without eyes on scene, it can be challenging for incident commanders to optimally direct the front line.

How Drones Facilitate Forest Firefighting

Bypass natural obstacles and quickly scout high-risk forested regions from above.

Fly above the tree-line to quickly ascertain the scope of the fire, and establish firelines and firebreaks.

With an eye in the sky, incident commanders can determine where to deploy resources.

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HazMat Operations

Hazmat operations firefighting

Traditional Challenges for HazMat Teams

Before teams can move in, gaining mission-critical situational awareness costs precious time when every moment matters.

HazMat teams are exposed to great risk when they assess for gas, liquid, and solid hazardous materials.

Disposable HazMat suits and equipment are expensive and cumbersome, increasing response times and operation costs.

How Drones Aid HazMat Operations

Rapidly scan the hazard and its surroundings, and provide incident comannders with critical intelligence to guide next steps.

Hover near and remotely assess the nature of threats with thermal cameras and multi-gas detector payloads.

Capture evidence of HazMat and clean-up procedures for cost analysis and future training documentation.

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Related Products

Drones for Firefighting

DJI Matrice 300 RTK Drone (M300 RTK)
DJI Matrice 30T Drone (M30T)
DJI Mavic 3t Drone

Payloads for Firefighting

DJI Zenmuse H20T Drone Camera

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