STUDY SHOWS DRONES HELP SAR TEAMS FIND VICTIMS FASTER

New standards, tactics and protocols will help save more lives with drones, according to the findings of new research, which showed that search and rescue (SAR) teams found simulated victims faster when they used drones for help.

The study concludes that drones offer enormous potential to help search and rescue (SAR) efforts, and rescue squads need to develop new standards, tactics and protocols to take full advantage of drones’ aerial perspective.

These key findings were part of the ‘Drone Efficacy Study’, a report issued by DJI (the Chinese drone software company), the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and Black Channel. The study was released at EENA’s Drones & Public Safety Summit in Brussels and is available for download at this link.

“The potential for drones to save lives is clear, but the science of how to best use drones for public safety is still in its infancy,” said study co-author Romeo Durscher, DJI Director of Public Safety Integration. “Unlike ground-based SAR, there is no playbook for drone SAR,” he added.