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.
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.
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.