Scout UAS Assists in Response to Louisville Train Derailment

The Scout UAS proved itself as an invaluable asset to public safety agencies earlier this month after a train derailment in Louisville, KY on October 29th and subsequent chemical fire on the 31st. Joel Embry of Drone Systems spent the next several days using the Scout to assist incident command and emergency crews on scene, providing streaming aerial footage to the command post, as well high-resolution photographs to planning section officers.

Local, state, and federal agenices involved in the derailment response described the video, photographs, and weather data provided by the Scout as critical to the incident's safety, mitigation, cleanup, and documentation. The ability to immediately access and control the Scout's imagery from the command post provided unprecedented perspective to commanders during the planning and execution of incident operations.  
 
"We were able to fly directly over the site of the derailment at various altitudes on multiple days to provide high resolution video as well as still photography to the teams on the ground.  They were literally taking the photography we provided and using them in real-time in their situational briefings to make decisions on progress as well as next steps”, states Embry.  “The ability to deploy the Datron Scout within minutes, coupled with the quality of the imagery and the absence of risk to any personnel collecting the imagery, made the Datron Scout the perfect solution to assess the situation in real-time. The expense associated with using a Datron Scout represents a fraction of the cost of deploying a helicopter for this type of aerial observation and intelligence gathering.”
 
The Scout was developed by Aeryon Labs, in partnership with Datron World Communications for use in the military in order to gain mission critical perspectives while reducing the risk to human life. However, it is finding a new home in the civil market as public safety agencies are becoming more aware of the technology's usefulness in responding to scenarios such as the Louisville train derailment.
 
Drone Systems is focused on the provision of military-grade, unmanned vehicles, communications equipment, and threat detection systems to US public safety agencies and first responders. Through an intensive focus on specialized training, customer support, and custom systems integration, our mission is to provide force-multiplying impacts to responders' safety and effectiveness in the face of budgetary restraints and ever-growing threats to our homeland security.
 
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Datron World Communications, the company behind the Scout UAS in the United States, provided a press release about the Louisville derailment and Drone Systems response to it, which is posted below.

San Diego, CA, November 14, 2012 – Datron World Communications, Inc. (www.dtwc.com), a leader in tactical and public safety communications products, today announced that their Scout UAV was instrumental in helping local, state and federal officials as well as first responders on the ground sort out solutions for dealing with a derailed tanker car containing toxic chemicals in Louisville, KY on November 1st.  The derailed tanker car was carrying butadiene, a chemical commonly found in the rubber used to make tires.  Additional chemical spills from other tankers included hydrogen fluoride which can cause severe respiratory damage. 

Joel Embry, president of Drone Systems, was on-site with the Datron Scout the day following the disaster. Drone Systems, www.dronesystems.us, provides equipment as well as training and support for the Datron Scout.

“We were able to fly directly over the site of the derailment at various altitudes on multiple days to provide high resolution video as well as still photography to the teams on the ground.  They were literally taking the photography we provided and using them in real time in their situational briefings to make decisions on progress as well as next steps”, states Joel Embry.  “ The ability to deploy the Datron Scout within minutes coupled with the quality of the imagery and the absence of risk to any personnel collecting the imagery made the Datron Scout the perfect solution to assess the situation in real-time. The expense associated with using a Datron Scout represents a fraction of the cost of deploying a helicopter for this type of aerial observation and intelligence gathering.”

“This is exactly the type of public safety scenario the Datron Scout was designed for”, stated Chris Barter, Scout Program Manager at Datron.  “When the situation requires an in depth aerial view of the circumstances and quick response without risk to the team on the ground, the Scout provides the ideal solution.” 

Scout’s “hover and stare” capability provides sustained, in-depth observation and documentation of specific locations.  The unit’s rugged design assures flight capability in inclement weather with wind gusts up to 50 MPH. 

Information about the Datron Scout and all of Datron’s communications products can be found at www.dtwc.com or by contacting our worldwide sales team at sales@dtwc.com.

About Datron World Communications, Inc.

Datron World Communications Inc. delivers communications products and systems worldwide. The company’s offerings enable governments, security forces and commercial users worldwide to establish and maintain critical voice, data and video connectivity. Known for their ease-of-use and reliability, Datron’s products and systems are currently deployed in over 80 countries worldwide. Datron World Communications Inc. was established in 1971 and is headquartered in San Diego, California, USA. For more information, visit: www.dtwc.com.