EMERGENCY DRONES TO THE RESCUE FOR STATE AGENCIES

Drones fitted with thermal imaging cameras can also help detect the most concentrated areas of a fire in an emergency situation.

Irish emergency and armed services are increasingly turning to drones to assist in rescue missions and firefighting activities.

Camera-equipped drones have been deployed to date by the Civil Defence in over 64 search missions across Ireland, and these flying devices, which record video in high definition, are increasingly being sought by various state agencies as efficient methods of speeding up workloads.

Plans are in the pipeline to use Civil Defence drones in the near future to assist in the detection of illegal dumping sites; the initiative is due to be launched by Communications Minister Denis Naughten.

Fitted with thermal imaging cameras, drones can also help detect the most concentrated areas of a fire in an emergency situation. Dublin Fire Brigade is considering the use of drones to also help firefighters identify chemical substances in hazardous spillage situations.

The Irish Army is also adopting specialist drones for military and strategic purposes. Plans are in the pipeline by the Defence Forces to take on board 12 Israeli-made autonomy drones that are designed to be used in combat situations, scouting out targets for artillery units.