The recent fire incident at Notre Dame captured the attention of the entire world. Not only was it because the building was iconic – it was also because of its history. It has stood for over 850 years, through wars, natural disasters, and everything in between. To see a structure that has lasted the test of time ablaze was catastrophic.
Notre Dame Aftermath
At the end of the day, the fire did not destroy everything in the area. While Notre Dame received significant damage, it still stands. Repairs can happen and, if we are lucky, they can even replace the broken parts from the fire.
The fast response and efficient action by the firefighters had a major influence in saving the building. If the fire was not contained quickly, the whole area may have suffered. Firefighters had one thing to thank for their efficient action – drones.
Yes, drones were used in response to the Notre Dame fire. The local firefighters borrowed two DJI drones from a nearby area, and used them to map out the fire. Using thermal cameras from the drones, they gathered information and used it to turn the tides quickly.
Firefighters used the thermal vision aboard the flying drones to get an upper hand of the situation. The Notre Dame structure is massive; having vision from above the area provided more data than simply being on the ground.
Firefighters had a bird’s eye view of the situation, giving them cues on what to do next. The thermal cameras present meant that the responders knew where the fire originated, as well as the next potential areas affected. This gave the responders time to either get ahead of the fire, or evacuate people and artifacts on the next areas.
Drones are excellent tools for emergency situations. They are small and can fit in small spaces. They provide vision from above, while also being cheaper (and faster) than acquiring a helicopter.