Part 107 Waiver or COA? What do First Responders need?

Part 107 Waiver or COA? What do First Responders need?

More and more reports are surfacing applauding the benefits and advantages of using UAS assistance for firefighting and search and rescue. UAS integrated with thermal imaging provide the ability to see through smoke, dust, light fog, and foliage. This technology allows the user to find persons even in total darkness - able to see much farther than with other low-light cameras or night vision goggles. Additionally, deploying UAS has the potential to keep the first responder personnel safe as the increased knowledge and visibility aids significantly in critical decision-making. These are valuable assets, but what about the regulation for operating safely and within the law?