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Drones activities within the fields of Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Medicine.

Search crews locate missing plane parts via drone after fatal crash in Minden, Nevada

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team has located missing aircraft pieces from a fatal plane crash.

Undersheriff Paul Howell says the SAR team used a UAV drone to search the area where a Piper PA-34 Seneca crashed east of Jacks Valley Road on Monday, February 21.

The pieces were located about a half mile south of the crash site.

The fatal plane crash claimed the life of 64-year-old Stephen Filice, of Minden.

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Drone helps capture suspect after fight breaks out at adult entertainment club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

A 26-year-old Town of Geneva man was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges after fleeing from police following a fight at an adult entertainment club.

During the altercation, Bohot allegedly fled the scene into the city of Lake Geneva. Officers pursued Bohot until they lost him. A short time later, a City of Lake Geneva detective and sergeant used a drone and within minutes located Bohot using infrared imagery.

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Woman shouts: “Just kill me!” Standoff successfully ended with the help of drones.

A Florida woman shouted to the police: “Just kill me! Just kill me!” Instead, the police used drones to help end a 4-hour-long standoff. The 57-year-old woman had parked her Kia sedan right in front of a semi-truck at a Walmart parking lot.

“She kept talking to herself, yelling profanities and enticing us to shoot her, over and over and over again,” said Capt. Ben Worcester, a member of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

Instead of rushing into the situation, the police officials used two drones to safely monitor the woman without putting any police officers at risk. The unmanned aerial vehicles provided a close-up view of what was going on in the car. Quickly the police officers learned that the woman was washing down pills with vodka. The drone operator was even able to inform the SWAT team when the woman had her finger on the trigger of the gun.

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3DR surveillance drone can find a piece of smoldering ash or a tiny spot of excess heat that could spark a wildfire.

On a recent Thursday, Laker piloted the drone over a 3.5-acre section of the refuge near Funny River Road where a hazardous fuel reduction project was taking place. As fire officials monitored small piles of burning wood and ash, Laker watched a shifting array of colors on a screen.

“As I pan around it will see the fires,” Laker explained, pointing out bright red and yellow colors on the screen.

From where he was standing, Laker could tell that one fire was still burning at 370 degrees and that an ash pile had cooled to a frosty 27 degrees.

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Drones help to retrieve body of drowned swimmer at Fingal Head, New South Wales, Australia.

Even though emergency services had found the body in the water, dangerous surf conditions prevented them from retrieving the body. With the help of boats, jet skis, police divers, and drones, they were able to safely bring the body back to shore on Thursday morning.

“The drones give us another perspective on the water with a bird’s eye view,” Mr Samuels said. “Drones and helicopters can be very beneficial on a day like this.”

Australia has been deploying drones on a larger scale than anywhere else in the world for rescuing swimmers and keeping beachgoers safe in general. Recently two swimmers were safely brought back to shore with the help of the Little Ripper drone.

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Drone footage shows powerful rip tide dragging swimmers out to sea.

The beach was officially unpatrolled at 8am, but lifeguards had gathered there for an early morning training session, Port News reports.

A surfer had already reached the swimmers, keeping their heads above water as lifeguards rushed to help.

“I swam out, wrapped a rescue tube around one of them who was grabbing onto the man’s surfboard,” lifeguard Angus Knox said.

“Once the rescue board arrived we were able to paddle the two back around to the beach, into the wave zone and onto the sand bank.”

The video of the rescue shows just how quickly people can be dragged in a rip.

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Drones have saved 6 people from drowning off the coast of France.

Helper Drone has announced that it has saved a total of six people from drowning at locations off the coast of France, marking the first time in the world that swimmers were saved by a professional drone lifeguard.

The drone company was the product of an employee of Total, a French-based oil, gas and energy company who invented the drones because Total was interested in saving lives at sea when, for example, an employee falls off an offshore platform, but also because drones have other uses for the offshore industry such as performing tests or surveying.

Drone view of Bomb Disposal Unit in action at Merrionette Park in Chicago.

A bomb squad descended on a Merrionette Park strip mall Wednesday night after a person threw a “beeping” device inside a tobacco shop, police said. Authorities appeared to blow up whatever the device was later in the evening.

A Merrionette police detective told NBC 5 an “unknown male” threw “a device that was emitting a beeping sound” in Tobacco City about 5:33 p.m. near 115th Street and Kedzie Avenue.

The scene included a flashing drone that was scouting the storefronts of the strip mall and officers in thick, armored bomb-disposal suits.

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