Drones are having a major impact on wildland firefighting, natural disasters (storms, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes).
- Unmanned aircraft offer unique capabilities that no other vehicle can provide. Use of drones in fighting wildfires is still in its infancy, but fire departments around the country are figuring out new ways to use drones to their advantage.
- Drones also provide 360-degree views, aiding existing manned aircraft in search and rescue efforts. In the face of a massive wildfire, the ability to have a constant, full view of the blaze is an invaluable tool. DOI maintains a fleet of over 300 drones used in various DOI mission responsibilities.
- Their use in monitoring the volcano eruptions in Hawaii will be showcased.
Richard Thurau – Remote Sensing Specialist, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Office of Aviation Services, U.S. Dept. of the Interior
- gain insights into how unmanned drone fleets are being used in diverse mission areas in government;
- see the impact of drone usage in conducting reconnaissance and assistance; and
- experience dramatic footage from drone video cameras used in the Hawaiian volcano eruption natural disaster relief.