I would like to showcase more member content for our volunteers both here and create YouTube videos with images of our members doing various things like search and rescue missions, anyone that has a custom rig, or gear. It will also help a bunch if you send me your pictures of you too! Any images or videos that relate to using your drone in search and rescue work is welcome!
I had a chance to use one of the Mavic Dual Enterprise drones in a SAR mission and it was pretty good except the infrared was not very useful during daylight hours but could be very useful at night, as proved in this rescue that had a happy ending. The drone in this video probably had a much better camera.
DroneU interviews Jon McBride with Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems. This video is from 2013, but even with all the advancements in drone technology, the advice for which drone is the best for search and rescue is still valid today and I trust the advice from these guys because they have a lot of experience.
DJI has always been at the forefront of using drones in search and rescue, not just because they are the largest manufacturer of drones, but because they are dedicated to the technologies of using drones in search and rescue operations. DJI invests in rigorously testing its products for use in the field. It’s not just about how a drone can fly – it’s about how people use it.
The Wake Forest Fire Department in North Carolina is at the cutting edge of Drone Search and Rescue technology. They use a Webcaster X2 to live stream from the drone to incident commanders. This unique aerial perspective provides instant information that can have a huge impact on the success of a mission.
This is a great documentary from 2013 and even though things have changed quite a bit. There are still struggles to get certain individuals and organizations to accept the value that drones can provide to a search and rescue mission.