Tuesday 21 March 2017

The UK Fire and Rescue Service Drone Resource Page

Chief Fire Officers Association
Fire Services in the UK
In the News

This page is version 001 updated 11.24am uk 21 March 17 - expect many updates in next few days.


From the CFOA list of UK Fire and Rescue Services, we can see eleven regions with 52 services.

This page will explore the use of drones, UAV and UAS (Unmanned Aerial vehicles/systems).

It's a companion page to The UK Police and Fire Drone Resource Page.

Chief Fire Officers Association -

Using Drones to Improve Firefighting, 12 Sep 16 video mentions Devon/Somerset, models seen DJI Inspire, Yuneec

Research and Development Survey Report Feb 2017 (download pdf) mentions drones: Using drones / UVAs to assist with firefighting p6, Other areas of testing include drones / UVA’s (with a number of FRSs now using drones in an operational environment), body worn video and fire ground communications p10,

Beyond Blue Lights 2016 highlight the drone in their video (see DJI Inspire at 48 secs).

Fire Services in the UK

South Western Region
Devon and Somerset - evidence of drone, incident 28 Oct 16.
Dorset and Wiltshire

South Eastern Region
Buckinghamshire - Bucks do have a drone, they have said so (doc 6.2, 8 Feb 17), they have a thermal camera too, ref doc.
East Sussex
Isle of Wight

Kent - Open day Aug 16, video showing drone in action. Exercise where a drone was used 14 Sep 16. Incident page, drone used 17 Dec 16. News report 27 Sep 16, showing DJI Inspire.

Royal Berkshire
West Sussex

North Eastern Region

Cleveland -  Drone to Give New Perspective on Football Policing Operation, 17 March 17, DJI Inspire.

Tyne and Wear

Yorkshire and Humberside Region
North Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
West  Yorkshire

North Western Region
Isle of Man
Lancashire - Aeryon news 13 Jul 16 Skyranger, scrapyard fire 7 Dec 16 from Aeryon news

Greater Manchester - New Air Unit, Aeryon SkyRanger 20 Jul 15 and BBC News, 27 Oct 15. Case Study No12 Using drones in fire and rescue services in the United Kingdom 3 Nov 16. see Aeryon section for more..

Northern Ireland

Eastern Region
Herts facebook Jan 16


Essex - scrap yard, assistance from police drone, 28 July 16

Hertfordshire - CC Horizons Autumn 16 and facebook post 16 Jan 2016 with photos of DJI Inspire


East Midlands

West Midlands
Hereford and Worcester
West Midlands

Mid and West Wales -  'Fire Service Trials Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 12 Nov 15 DJI Inspire. Funding for larger drone, 18 Mar 16, no idea on model. Tweet with photo, 17 May 16.

Innovation award developing drone trial, 1 Dec 16. Tweet with photo 7 Dec 16, DJI Inspire and Aeryon Skyranger.

North Wales
South Wales

London Fire Brigade

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Ireland - Dublin Fire Brigade wonderful video 10 Mar 17, DJI Phantom Pro 3, Yuneec Typhoon H with thermal imaging camera.

International - Land Rover unveils drone-fitted search and rescue vehicle to support Red Cross Red Crescent disaster response (Emergency Services Times, 14 March 17

Model: Taiwanese Align M480L uav drone. More at:
mbnews . the sunmulticopter-en/m480l

Drone manufacturers - Another route, just search drone brand websites for words like, 'uk fire man

DJI releases first count of lives saved by drones, Crisis Response, 16 March 2017. The full six page report is available at dropbox.

Aeryon - The Future is Bright for Drones Used in Fire and Rescue Services, Public Safety showcase, 18 Jan 17.

Case Study No. 12: Using drones in fire and rescue services in the United Kingdom 3 Nov 16

In the News

On 20 March 17, in a Sky News post about police drones, it was said, 'Meanwhile, two-thirds of fire services were also using unmanned aerial devices, which were credited with saving emergency workers' lives.' A few easy line to write, a whole different matter to prove it, while detailing drone models and uses.

Drone at Oklahoma House Fire - Example of HD video 22 Oct 16.

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