I recently read a fascinating article on the evolution of the Fire Service, it stated fighting a raging fire is one of the toughest uphill battles in the public-safety world. This got me to thinking about UAVs and their role in assisting the prevention and combating of emergency scenarios at an active mine site.
If the call comes, first responders are often forced to rush into a disaster scene with very little information — often having no idea of the size and scope of the incident nor how many potential victims may be cut off from rescue. Almost daily there are multiple case studies from safety departments around the globe that have witnessed value from UAV technology at their locations. A key area of their success has been the focus on engaging with trained UAV professionals, much like our team at skymineUAV to ensure their staff are properly trained in the skills required to deploy UAVs safely and effectively on emergencies within their area of operations.
A quick search on Google will show you how UAVs will have endless uses at an emergency scenario on a mine site, not forgetting within a non-emergency role too. The usefulness of sending a UAV to accurately size up a hazardous material incident around a chemical spill, or inspect a damaged conveyor belt, manage a large-scale highly active hot spot area around a leach pad or dried out boundary forest bed or the ability to get an aerial view of any other incidents; from traffic accidents to a building fire can provide inherent value to your operation.
When used properly this technology can have a positive impact on site safety, ground tactics, training, and many other operational scenarios in emergency and nonemergency tasks.