Benefits of Firefighting Drones

Benefits of Firefighting Drones

In the US, more than 900 state and local emergency services agencies use drones in one way or another. 186, directly incorporate drones into fire and emergency services.

Firefighting drones are no longer a thing of the future, now becoming cheap to produce, and commonplace in a variety of industries. In this article, we look at the benefits of using drones as opposed to a fully human team.

Situational Awareness: 

Firefighting drones can begin the assessment of a fire situation long before a firefighting team has the all-clear to go in. This can save time and lives, and develop a strategy for entry for the firefighting team.


Firefighting drones can obviously leave the ground, and combine that with unilateral movement, and they have endless spots to view a situation. They can get into hard-to-reach places, such as lofts, tunnels and dilapidated spaces, with relative ease – and without risking human life.

Thermal Imaging: 

In a previous Fire Middle East Article, we looked at the benefits of thermal imaging cameras, and how firefighting teams use them. The benefits are multiplied further through the use of firefighting drones, which can, from an elevated position, quickly identify hotspots, ideal routes and trapped persons within a fire scenario.

Search and Rescue: 

Whether lost at sea, snowed in, caved in, or simply trapped in smoke – Firefighting drones can identify where individuals are trapped, and develop a strategy for the best ways to approach them.

Firefighting drones used to be futuristic in nature, now, they are commonplace protectors of the people and allies to firefighters around the world.