Have you heard that drones,or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) as some prefer they be called, were becoming commercially available and could be available to emergency service agencies before to long. Possible uses, providing real time view of an incident scene, wildfire reconnaissance and searching for lost persons to name a few.
Well, it appears UAV's are now affordable and are hovering over incident scenes.Sometimes with good results, like this video footage of a working fire in Providence,R.I. from the Rhode Island Fire Drone.
But as with all new technology, there are still some issues to work out. Given the sensitive nature of many incident scenes, ensuring the security of tactical and operational strategies along with the privacy of those involved cannot be compromised, so controls will need to be in place. As reported in the Boston Globe today, the lack of these controls was experienced by the Hartford CT. police department when a freelance reporter used a UAV to record graphic video of a fatal motor vehicle accident.
Looks like somebody may be looking down at you from above the next time you respond, and it isn't your guardian angel.