The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA) by law enforcement and emergency service agencies offers a large number of benefits in cost, safety and in assisting to bring the incident to a successful conclusion quicker. For an emergency service organisation, there are numerous advantages in utilising Talon Aerial Media to increase safety and help reduce the disruption, as well as the financial and environmental impact that these incidents have on the community.

All of our pilots come from an emergency services background. As a result we can provide pilots who are nationally qualified in breathing apparatus, confined spaces, atmospheric monitoring, hazardous materials and technical and vertical rescue.

Talon Aerial Media’s Remote Piloted Aircraft can be used by emergency services to:

• Enhance Command and Control by transmitting real time video from a scene back to a command post or control point. This video can be displayed on a monitor and allow incident controllers to make informed decisions about an incident and see the effect their strategies are having, as they occur.

• Assist with large area disasters and incidents such as flooding or storm damage by allowing rapid, wide area damage assessment to occur, in some cases before rescuers can even reach the scene. In cases such as storm damage, emergency service workers may by unable to physically reach an area due to power lines and trees blocking roads or flooded rivers etc. Our UAVs can be deployed and provide rescuers with vital information allowing them to prioritise tasks and locations based on initial damage assessments from the air.

• Quickly survey and photograph a wide area, this allows us to provide high resolution, geo referenced othophotographs that can be utilised by an organisation’s GIS software to map and assess large scale incidents to assist with planning, response and damage assessment.

• Monitor and track spills and runoff into waterways over a wide area.

• Access and investigate locations that are considered too dangerous to commit personnel into. Such as silo fires where large scale evacuations and wide exclusion zones prevent emergency services from gathering accurate information.

• Provide rescuers with a detailed picture of a rescue scene before they commit themselves, this could involve making an assessment of a casualty’s condition at a vertical rescue and deciding if additional equipment or a change of strategies is required before the rescue even commences.

• Identify hot spots or the seat of a fire that may not be obvious to personnel on the ground.

• Assist with Urban Search and Rescue operations, this can involve conducting wide area damage assessments or the use of real time video or infrared to locate casualties.

• Conduct search and rescue in remote and difficult to access locations. If required infrared cameras can be utilised.

•Assist with fire investigation by providing photos and videos from an aerial perspective.

• Participate in research and training to gather data and footage that was previously impossible or expensive to obtain.


The use of UAV’s by emergency services is rapidly expanding as their versatility and abilities become more widely known. Please contact us to discuss how we can be involved with your agency as this area of emergency management continues to grow.