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Use Case- Protests

USE CASES - Protests

Scenario Overview:
In this emergency scenario, city leaders, peace officers, and fire department personnel must respond to a peaceful protest that has escalated into violence. Bad actors within the protest have started to damage businesses and set cars on fire in the city. This scenario requires a coordinated response to ensure public safety, protect property, and restore order.

Scenario Details:


  • The protest initially started in a public square but has now spilled into nearby streets.

  • The city is experiencing nighttime, and the crowd is large and diverse.

Incident Description:

  • The protest began peacefully, with demonstrators expressing concerns about a recent event.

  • A small group of agitators infiltrated the peaceful protest and started vandalizing businesses and setting vehicles on fire.

  • The situation quickly escalates, with reports of injuries and significant property damage.

Response Actions:

  1. Initial Response (dispatch officer):

    • Receive multiple emergency calls regarding the escalating situation.

    • Dispatch peace officers and fire department units to the scene.

    • Advise city leaders of the ongoing situation.

  2. Command Post Setup (incident commander):

    • Establish a unified command post to coordinate the response.

    • Collaborate with city leaders to make informed decisions.

    • Prioritize the safety of both civilians and responders.

  3. Crowd Management (incident commander and peace officers):

    • Evaluate the size and mood of the crowd.

    • Deploy officers to maintain order, create safe zones, and prevent further violence.

    • Consider the use of crowd control measures, if necessary, to disperse violent individuals.

  4. Fire Suppression and Rescue (fire department):

    • Deploy fire crews to extinguish fires in vehicles and buildings.

    • Provide medical assistance to injured protesters and bystanders.

    • Coordinate with peace officers for secure access to the affected areas.

  5. Arrests and Detentions (peace officers):

    • Identify and apprehend individuals responsible for violence and property damage.

    • Document evidence and gather witness statements.

    • Ensure the rights of peaceful protesters are protected.

  6. Communication and Media Relations (public information officer):

    • Maintain clear and concise communication with the public and media.

    • Share safety instructions and updates on the situation.

    • Address concerns and maintain transparency.

  7. Mutual Aid and Resource Management (logistics chief):

    • Request additional peace officers and fire department resources from neighboring jurisdictions.

    • Manage resource allocation, including personnel, equipment, and supplies.

    • Establish staging areas for coordinating response efforts.

  8. Community Engagement (community relations officer):

    • Communicate with community leaders and organizers to de-escalate tensions.

    • Encourage peaceful demonstrators to disassociate from the agitators.

    • Plan for community meetings and dialogue after the incident.

  9. Investigation and Accountability (investigating officer and city leaders):

    • Conduct a thorough investigation into the incident, identifying instigators and their motives.

    • Hold individuals accountable for their actions through legal channels.

    • Review and improve protest response protocols and coordination.

This emergency scenario presents a challenging situation where a peaceful protest has turned violent due to the actions of bad actors. Coordinated efforts from peace officers, fire departments, and city leaders are crucial to restoring peace, protecting lives and property, and addressing the underlying issues that led to the escalation. Effective communication, crowd management, and community engagement are key elements in managing such incidents.

How could AFRS fire pilots benefit this team effort?

FAA Collaboration
AFRS maintains a close relationship with the FAA, enabling rapid requests for Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) around emergency scenes. This preserves airspace for incident command operations.


RemoteID / Drone Monitoring
The team at AFRS can quickly setup drone monitoring tools to capture the serial numbers of any unauthorized drones operating in the area.

In the event the bad actors are using counter drones for intelligence on police movements, staging areas, etc.   AFRS can catalog that information for authorities easily and effectively.

This information can be used to identify the operators of bad drones.

Interagency Communication
Unlike private drone pilots, AFRS maintains a contract with MARCS.  Where MARCS allows your dispatch center and field staff to easily communicate with responding agencies like AFRS.

Rapid Response
Multi-Zone coverage areas provide for rapid response for immediate life safety needs.

Enhanced Visual Capability
The AFRS public safety grade drones can see up to 1 mile away during daylight hours.   Capturing the participants of the protest and archiving that video content in the cloud can help your team identify the peaceful protestors from the bad actors by reviewing the video.


In addition to daylight operations, AFRS drones support low light mode.  Where common city street lights are enough to obtain a reliable picture.    In the absence of all light, this is where AFRS thermal capabilities and spotlights come into play.

Thermal Imaging
AFRS's thermal imaging technology can easily spot persons hiding and preparing to ambush the police or innocent persons.  Combine this with our laser pinpointing abilities, and the team at AFRS can quickly provide your team the exact coordinates of bad actors.

High Altitude / Eye in the sky
High altitude operations provide your team an "eye in the sky" that allows you to see the movement of the crowd and that of organized groups intending harm or destruction VS that of the peaceful protestors.

This content can be streamed live to your incident command staff.

Effective Public Address System
Our drone mounted speaker system with LRAD technology allows us to easily play prerecorded messages to the protestors and/or innocent persons that may be in the path of their activities.

AFRS also maintains a pre-recorded list of tones and sounds that are uncomfortable and/or annoying in nature.   Where such sounds may convince certain actors to leave the area.

All-Weather Equipment
AFRS employs enterprise-level public safety drones capable of operating in various weather conditions, including rain, snow, high winds, and freezing temperatures.

Continuous Flight Time

Each AFRS pilot carries sufficient batteries and onboard mobile charging to maintain near-continuous flight. Quick battery swaps allow for a 45-second downtime between flights.

Seamless Collaboration

AFRS vehicles are equipped with redundant internet connections, utilizing Firstnet and other data providers. This ensures secure streaming of content to incident command staff and stakeholders anywhere in the world.

This allows us the ability to stream live content to your incident command staff when cell towers are crowded and typical consumer data plans are degraded by the crowds use of cell towers.

Documentation and Review
All drone footage is recorded for post-incident analysis. Detailed video timestamps and coordinates enable easy documentation of important milestones.

This data can prove to be valuable information that can be used by prosecutors or for court purposes.

Training Resources
Archived videos remain accessible for years after the incident. This valuable resource allows your team to incorporate real-life scenarios into future training sessions and benefits first responders worldwide.

AFRS Capabilities

This short video highlights our capabilities and common scenarios faced in the field.


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