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Shaping the Framework For Drones In Emergencies - EENA Working Group On Drones Publishes White Paper

Date: 2015-11-23
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European Emergency Number Association Publishes White Paper on Drones and Emergency Service Operations

Remote Piloted Airborne Systems (RPAS), what we in the States officially call UAVs or UASs but on both hemispheres more commonly known as drones , are transforming the approach to emergency management. As a support tool, they can lead to quicker and more efficient interventions, offer enhanced situational information and provide direct help, such as dropping life-saving equipment. This translates into more saved lives, increased efficiency, clearer situational awareness and all round better prepared emergency services whilst simultaneously reducing the costs of emergency management. Indeed, the benefits can be great; but how can we maximize them while minimizing risks?

In June 2015, the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) launched a Working Group on Drones, which now gathers 85 members from 30 countries worldwide. The group is open to all interested parties, gathering expertise from emergency services, public authorities, researchers, RPAS manufacturers, and more. The aim of the group is to analyze the technical, legal and operational, safety and privacy aspects of using RPAS in emergency situations, provide the context for their use and highlight some key recommendations for their effective implementation. 

The working group has completed its initial work and has just published a white paper entitled “Remote Piloted Airborne Systems (RPAS) and the Emergency Services.”   The white paper is an important marker for using RPAS during emergencies, but more steps will need to follow. Among others, EENA will work on the compilation of an inventory of Use Cases where the emergency services are using RPAS. Moreover, together with our partners, EENA will evaluate taking the lead in creating an operations manual for the use of RPAS by emergency services.

For more information and to read or download the document as a PDF file, please click here.

- People, Places & Things/ (via EENA, 11/20/15)

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