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Using Drones to Collect Life-Saving Information in Emergency Management

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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

Technological innovations bring with them numerous applications to a variety of fields. The military has developed innovative techniques and equipment due to technological advances, as have the fields of medicine, computer technology and construction. These advances have a tremendous impact on society and change how industries handle many processes.

These technological innovations include drones, which have become increasingly popular in emergency management. Search and rescue groups, fire departments and police departments across the country have used drones in various ways.

Drones Are Popular for Their Information-Gathering Capabilities

Emergency management has especially benefited from the use of drones. Drones at an emergency scene can transmit information to people in leadership positions, allowing them to make important decisions without risking the lives of first responders.

For example, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) recently used drones to collect information during a major fire in March 2017. Similarly, the Fire Department of New York also used drones to manage a major fire in April 2017. The April fire was especially significant, because it required 200 firefighters to combat the blaze.

Emergency Management Agencies Should Consider Drone Costs and Capabilities

Just like other technological equipment, drones vary in price and capabilities. Emergency management agencies must first determine what type of drone would help them the most in different emergency situations, so that they can make the most out of their drone purchase.

Drones Are the Vital Future of Emergency Management

While drones are clearly needed in emergency management, first responder budgets don’t always allocate money to buy them. It is important for local and state politicians to contemplate ways to include drones in their emergency management budgets. Drones not only have numerous applications in emergency management, but they also have the all-important potential to save lives.

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Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.