Category Archives: Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Medicine.

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

Within 10 minutes of launch, Missing collie in Clatsop County, Washington found by drone.

A border collie who went missing during a Christmas Day hike was rescued by a cadre of dog lovers in a dramatic rescue from a cliff north of Indian Beach in Clatsop County.

Felix’s owner, Sarah Stremming, searched for the collie for hours, to no avail before posting a message on her Facebook page, the Daily Astorian reports.

Those messages found their way to volunteer firefighter Matthew Verley, a licensed drone operator, used his drone to look in the area where Felix might be and within 10 minutes found the dog alive and well — but in a precarious position.

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Police Drone Enables Rescue Of Woman Trapped In Mine Shaft

Police say a rescued woman is lucky to be alive after she became stuck down an eight-metre deep mine shaft in New South Wales, Australia.

The accident happened in Lightning Ridge in the north-west of NSW.

The 26-year-old woman had disappeared on a late night walk on Friday, with a search underway when she didn’t return.

Police managed to locate the woman using a police drone yesterday morning after several days of looking for her.

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Los Angeles Fire Department using Drones to Monitor Southern California Wildfires.

Thursday, drones were launched for the first time “in an operational environment,” heading to an aerial location over the Skirball Fire.

The Skirball Fire has burned 422 acres and is 85 percent contained, according to an update Monday by the LAFD. Six structures were destroyed and 12 structures were damaged in the blaze, the update said.

The drones, which the post said flew for about 30 minutes, were not used to put out flames but rather helped firefighters get a better idea of the condition of the area.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas reported that two flights took off that day.

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DRONES TAKE OFF IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE LOS ANGELES FIRES

“For the first time ever, we’re going to use our drones,” LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said at a news conference on Thursday.

Shortly afterwards, a firefighter, in his shirtsleeves, launched one of two quadcopters into the air. From the ground, he flew it over the scar of the Skirball fire, which destroyed at least six mansions in the ritzy Bel Air area. Using on-board cameras, he surveyed the damaged property, and got an precise view of the path of the fire. A second drone carried an infrared camera to highlight remaining hotspots, which firefighters could then track down and finish off.

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Drone Tracker Alarm Alerts Staff to Drug-Carrying Drone at Autry State Prison, Georgia

On December 4 at 11:53 p.m., the DroneTracker alarm, a newly piloted system, at Autry State Prison (SP) sounded. While there was no sighting of a drone by staff; an inner and outer sweep of the facility was conducted and officers recovered two packages containing a large amount of marijuana left behind by the drone.

“As we continue to remain diligent at preventing contraband from entering our facilities, technological devices like the Drone Tracker assist us in our efforts,” said Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “Even though contraband drops are becoming more and more creative, the dedication of our officers has remained steadfast in their fight to against contraband.”

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Chili powder-sprinkling drones are a first from India’s maiden drone police squad.

Aurangabad, India police aren’t the first to use drones in policing globally or in India but a unique Indian use case developed by the squad – the proposed sprinkling of concentrated chilli powder through drones to control unruly mobs – is a first. It is perhaps patent-worthy, too, says Yashasvi Yadav, an IIT graduate who is the police commissioner of Aurangabad.

The drone squad will have four drones and will carry up to 2 kg of chili concentrate. These drones will fly back to the command center before their batteries drain out or there’s any other emergency, all controlled using software.

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Deputies use drone to find missing woman in Randolph County, North Carolina.

Difficult terrain and a corn field slowed the search on the ground.

Deputies and a K9 searched the area around the home on Thayer Road but Sheriff Robert Graves says difficult terrain and a corn field slowed the search.

Deputies then launched the department’s drone and were able to find the missing woman within 25 minutes.

She was reunited with her family.

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Police drone finds lost hunter near Byron, Minnesota.

An 84-year-old man is recovering today in a Rochester hospital — and is lucky to be alive, authorities said — after getting lost while scouting a hunting spot.

Officers set up “an extensive search” in the area and quickly found the man’s vehicle. It was in a field about three-quarters of a mile off the road, stuck in mud.

Authorities contacted the Rochester Police Department, which deployed its drone.  The drone’s infrared camera spotted the man at 9:38 p.m., about 90 minutes after it was launched. He was found about 250 yards from his vehicle “curled up in the fetal position, soaking wet and unresponsive.”

“Considering the area they were searching, it was a great job,”. The man was found in an area described as “marshy” and not visible from the road or field.  “This is why we got the drone,” said RPD Capt. John Sherwin.

The Minnesota State Patrol helicopters were unable to fly because of the weather Saturday night, the report says.