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Control measure

Aerial resources: Drones for search

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Aerial resources: Drones for search

Understand:

  • The features and benefits of using drones
  • The JESIP guidance on using drones at multi-agency incidents
  • The sources for the supply of drones
  • The need to brief and communicate with the drone operator
  • How to best use the information gained from the use of drones
  • The limitations of drones, such as the impact of weather conditions and flight times

Civil Aviation Authority compliance

Understand:

  • The extent of the exemptions extended to emergency services
  • The need for post-incident reporting to the Civil Aviation Authority

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Consider requesting drone resources to assist with a search incident

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Request drone resources if they may be beneficial to the search

Use the information gathered through the use of drones when planning and to improve understanding of the situation for operational and fire control personnel

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appropriately use the information gathered by using drone resources

Consider providing communication equipment to the drone operator

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure communication with the drone operator is supported

Brief the drone operator of the required task and objectives, and details of hazards identified

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Provide the drone operator with sufficient information for safe and effective deployment of the drone

Log details of when drones are used under the Civil Aviation Authority emergency services exemption

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure there is compliance with the reporting requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority

Ensure personnel are available, ready and in the correct location to respond to information gathered by the drone

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure the information gathered is supported by having personnel correctly deployed