AZ Big Media Phoenix Fire Department launches drone program


On June 12, 2022, the Phoenix Fire Department deployed drone operations as part of the department’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems program.

Since the historic launch, the UAS team has been busy training and responding to different emergency incidents in the city of Phoenix. The phased approach allowed the group to overcome expected and unexpected obstacles.

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As a result, the Phoenix Fire Department UAS team completed a total of 94 flights with a total of 14.4 hours in the air. During these flights, the team responded to a total of 12 incidents – including first-alarm fires, bushfires and mountain rescues.

With a group of nine FAA-certified pilots, drone team leadership initiated communications with the Federal Aviation Administration, Sky Harbor Operations, Sky Harbor Tower, Phoenix Police, PFD Special Operations, and PFD Operations.

Over the next 30 days, the UAS program will continue to improve integration into fire and special operations by continuing to train and respond to incidents. The Phoenix Fire Department’s Technical Services Division is helping to improve video stream options for the command. These visuals will improve recognition skills.

Additionally, the program plans to meet with the Phoenix Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division in hopes of assisting with the inspection of outdoor storage fuels.

Without the support of the Mayor and City Council of Phoenix, this groundbreaking technology would not be possible. The Phoenix Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of customer service and resources to our community and our members.

As an innovative and data-driven leader in the international fire service, the Phoenix Fire Service will continue to evolve with the modern world. We remain committed to delivering excellence in customer service to our communities through pride and professionalism.


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