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Drones: Friend or Foe of Firefighters?

On July 12, a civilian-operated drone forced firefighters battling a 35-acre wildfire in Southern California to ground supporting air tankers. This was the fourth such incident in a month where a drone disrupted firefighting efforts in California. These civilian-operated drones pose significant dangers for firefighting operations.

However, the use of drones by the fire service holds many potential benefits. “Drones would be a generous increase in our capabilities regarding communication, safety, and command and control,” said Captain Peter Jensen, a 26-year wildland firefighter with the Ventura County Fire Department in California. Learn more about how unmanned aerial systems (UAS) could assist firefighters fight wildfires.

Lessons Learned Five Years After the Gulf Oil Spill

It has been five years since an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico failed causing one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The emergency and disaster response to this spill had to be both immediate and sustained as the uncapped oil well, owned by BP, released an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil for 87 straight days.

In this this podcast, Dr. Chris Reynolds, who was an EDM liaison with the U.S. Coast Guard and worked closely with the clean-up crews, provides insight about the lessons learned and the impacts on future disaster preparedness planning.