Firefighters will own aviation organization for deployment of drones




The Dutch fire department wants to set up its own aviation organization to use drones in major fires and other serious incidents. In Eastern Netherlands will this year the first drones to be deployed.

The creation of the aviation organization is a result of the required certification: “There is a ROC needed, which is treated as an aviation organization Just as you have an AOC in civil aviation.” Said Wilbert Kleijer, project drones at the Institute for Physical Safety against Tweakers.

According to the project it is almost certain that the necessary authorization will come, but the timetable is still uncertain. The licensing process for all 25 fire regions is put in motion in 2013 at the request of the Minister of Security and Justice.

Stephan Wevers, president of the organization Fire Netherlands, had to know the Telegraph that he is a national network of drones expects that next year will be active. He contrasts the newspaper that the proposed aviation organization meets the requirements of the Environment and Transport Inspectorate. The drones are equipped with their own registration number .

The fire department is currently training staff has to control the drones. Wevers says: “The deployment of unmanned aircraft requires a different way of seeing, thinking and coordination should therefore be done by dedicated people, who know what happens sight in the skies..” The drones must, for example to quickly detect using thermal cameras fires. In addition, the fire department is investigating the ability to identify toxic substances such as gases, with the aircraft.

The fire regions Twente and Central and West Brabant conduct currently all tests with drones. In addition, they may under certain circumstances a Altura ATX8 drone use in, among other major fires in complex buildings, wildfires, the loss of a person, the identification of victims in water or under the ice, or to get an overview on major road .

Kleijers says: “It was a big exception that Twente received an exemption in 2015 may use an amending and repressive drones in Central and West Brabant is not so, as they may currently only training and testing..” The Dutch police began in 2016 with the training of drone directors.


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