Drones in SAR – making every recovery a rescue with a UAV

This post was written by Shea Odonnell on 15, Dec, 2016

As the technology continues to advance, and more case studies arise that demonstrate its capabilities, it will be hard to find any industry now that hasn’t considered using a drone to improve its services. While some sectors may still be exploring the early possibilities of what this may bring, many Emergency Services organisations are enjoying enhanced capabilities as they add a drone to their day to day operations. Police forces, Fire and Rescue teams and Accident and Emergency responders all now save lives faster thanks to this technology, as do many Search and Rescue (SAR) teams.

At ConsortiQ, we work with these organisations on a regular basis, and it quickly became apparent that very specific training and skills are required when using a drone for SAR operations. That is why, in collaboration with Surrey Search and Rescue (SurSAR), we have developed a focussed course with these needs in mind.

How can a drone be used in SAR?

Although SAR missions require quick responses and ultimate efficiency, most teams comprise of volunteers, presenting with it its own challenges. Ultimately, utilising drone technology can help to make this fast response a reality, making every rescue a recovery.

After the initial call for assistance it may take time to gather a team of volunteers who are able to work together on the given mission. When using a drone only one volunteer, albeit a trained drone pilot, needs to be available in order to start assessing the scene and administering aid. Time that was previously wasted can be utilised, and the data gained from sending in a drone to the site first can help to inform the SAR responders, giving them the information needed to prepare for the rescue in the most efficient way.

Why is specialised training needed?

The training offered by ConsortiQ makes its existing Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved course more tailored towards providing a drone-based solution to the difficulties that are faced by SAR responders. SAR operations are challenging, and in order to utilise the benefits that this technology can bring these complexities need to be addressed and understood.

The SAR accredited drone training from ConsortiQ seeks to do just that. And with the option for additional continual professional development (CPD) modules, including water rescue, night search and general search techniques, this specialised training offers a unique opportunity for skill refinement, enhanced by drone technology.

Learn more about the dedicated SAR drone training solution online.