Drone as
First Responder

A comprehensive guide to implementing and managing Drone as First Responder (DFR) programs. From funding, staffing and regulatory considerations to integrating outdoor drone operations with indoor ones.

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Reimagine Emergency Response through Democratized Aerial Assets

The urgency to reevaluate traditional emergency response methods has grown in recent times, driven by a broader conversation on efficient crisis management and proactive intervention strategies. Emphasizing the importance of timely, accurate information during both critical incidents and routine calls, drones, or small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), have emerged as indispensable tools, augmenting the capabilities of emergency services and supporting more informed interventions.

The longstanding benefits of aerial support in crisis scenarios are undeniable. Real-time video feeds and communication from trained aerial observers have provided essential guidance, leading to safer and more effective outcomes on the ground. While helicopters have played this role for years, the advent of drones offers a modern, agile and accessible solution for proactive assistance across a wide range of emergency situations.

Download this playbook to learn:

  • What is Drone as First Responder (DFR) and the history of DFR
  • How DFR can be integrated across police, fire and emergency medical services
  • What agencies need to consider before instituting a DFR program
  • The steps to developing a DFR program, from regulations and compliance to staffing and scale

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Drone as First Responder (DFR) playbook