In addition to dispatching drones into hazardous areas for visual evaluation, equipped drones can be used to also test radiation levels, gas leaks, and overall air quality. Drones in hazmat situations greatly reduce the high-risk factors associated with sending responders into unknown dangerous areas.
Hostage and Swat / Armed Person(s)
When there is a situation that involves an armed suspect, having the ability to get visual access, via drones, in areas that could not be done otherwise (or not without great risk), could make a difference between life and death. It allows law enforcement to have an advantage, to better evaluate and position themselves to potentially deescalate the situation quicker.
Storms can leave a path of destruction that can become very dangerous to navigate and survey. Drones can reduce this danger by allowing first responders to evaluate and travel over dangerous areas and assess situations quicker and safer; allowing for optimal response to better assist high-risk areas and/or people in need.
Even without thermal imaging (as mentioned above) using drones allow fire departments to assess fires more safely. Whether it is a wildfire, a burning house, or a building on fire, the use of drones gives firefighters the ability to better evaluate the situation and create a combat plan that will be more efficient; all while reducing risk.