Drone search and rescue in Wisconsin!
Drone search and rescue is one of – arguably the – best uses of drone technology.
Due to legal restrictions most US search and rescue drone operations are carried out on a volunteer basis. Often the family or friends of a missing person will reach out directly to the drone community for help through organizations such as S.W.A.R.M.
Drone pilot Adam Andrews of Aeroworks Productions has been involved in a number of search and rescue operations, ranging from finding fugitives to his most recent search for an autistic ten year old boy.
In this recent search Andrew Ounkham was lost from his home in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Law enforcement, fire and other public safety officers were activated to help find him. They reached out to Adam to help.
Adam scouted the area with his drone, and was able to cut out areas with no sign of Andrew. This sped up the search and cut costs. This story has a happy ending – Andrew was found the next day by two teenagers.
Get Adam’s perspective on the search here –
Adam is the International Drone Day Team Wisconsin Captain. He has spent a great deal of his time, energy and money showing the many positive uses of drones. Now you can help him!
Adam has been flying search and rescue missions using a basic thermal camera. However these have shortcomings which have resulted in delays and need additional equipment to fully function.
To maximize his response, Adam is raising funds to buy a DJI FLIR XT 640 Radiometric camera. This will integrate into a number of Adam’s drones and will improve the effectiveness of his involvement in search and rescue missions.
The camera would allow him to zoom in and better identify things, change color pallets for better target aquisition, and tilt for looking directly down into wood or water areas as well.
A company has kindly offered to provide the camera to Adam at a considerable discount but it is still expensive and he needs help.
Adam says “Drones can be on scene much quicker than full size aircraft, are safer, save money and are sometimes the only option when weather is bad where the manned aircraft is stationed. When you are searching for a lost child or elderly person, every second counts. Any amount is greatly appreciated and for those who’s loved ones are rescued from our efforts, they are priceless”