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Structure fire near wooded area

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In the United States, over 70% of communities rely on volunteer fire service personnel to meet their needs.
A common challenge in the fire service is the shortage of volunteers willing to dedicate their time to community care.

With the introduction of emergency robotics, we can harness the power of robotic technology to bridge the gap created by labor shortages.

For instance, traditional search and rescue efforts often require an entire team of individuals to conduct a grid search. With the integration of emergency robotics, we can significantly enhance the efficiency of ground personnel by guiding them directly to the victim, eliminating the need for traditional grid searches.

This is just one example of how the firefighting service is evolving through the use of emergency robotics.


Tasks that once demanded the efforts of ten or more individuals can now be accomplished by a single firefighter drone pilot and a few ground team members.

Below you will find several scenarios where AFRS fire pilots can enhance your winning teams capabilities.


Drowning Victims
AFRS has teamed up with a vendor to explore the ability to launch flotation devices from our public safety grade drones.  We are hopeful to implement this new public safety feature by December of 2023.

We are excited to see this technology provide an extra resource that can help enhance survival rates of water based victims in the rural portions of Ohio.

Review this scenario nd how this new initiative can help compliment your community.




Brush Fires
These types of fires are common in rural areas and can lead to devastating destruction to farm lands and surround areas if not brought under control quickly.


AFRS emergency robotics can give your incident command a birds eye view of traveling embers so you team can quickly spot new fire growth before it's too late.

Review this scenario to learn how AFRS thermal imaging can compliment your brush fire efforts.


After the devastating fires that struck Hawaii, it is clearly evident what can happen when fire is jumping from location to location.    It is vitally important that the devastation of fire is countered with all tactics and technology available to preserve life and property.

Review this scenario where a structure fire has a high likelihood of turning into a devastating wildfire.


Railway & Trucking Industry
After seeing the impact of regional incidents, our public safety grade drones can easily capture placard data and report markings of railcars and semi trailers from a safe distance.

Review this scenario where a railcar situation that could severely impact a community and the environment.


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YOU MATTER! Join AFRS and Make a Difference ​ At AFRS, we believe that many hands make light work, and your talents and wisdom can help us provide amazing emergency services to those in need. ​ We take pride in offering remote-friendly opportunities, respecting the time you dedicate to others. In many cases, you can volunteer from the comfort of your home. ​ Please note that all volunteers are subject to background checks and license verification where applicable.   Interested persons should send their resume and cover letter to ​ ​ Current Volunteer Positions Available: ​ BOARD MEMBERS Our bylaws require all board members to have active/retired experience in Fire, EMS, peace officers, military, or be actively employed by a national infrastructure organization (hospital, transportation, utilities, etc). ​ Board members should be able to: Effectively communicate Work remotely Participate in committees Promote AFRS Attend monthly meetings (remotely) ​ Board members can expect: Regular email communication Attendance at monthly online board meetings Acting in the best interest of AFRS Occasional attendance at functions or group meetings with AFRS customers/vendors Minimum term of office: 3 years The ideal candidate for this position would have prior board experience and uphold high moral standards. FIREFIGHTERS AFRS relies on Ohio certified firefighters to operate our public safety grade drones. Fire pilots should be able to: Perform regular firefighter duties.  - Waivers may be possible in some cases Work remotely without direct supervision Attend monthly meetings (remotely) Operate electronic devices and computers Hold an active Fire 1/2 certification Hold or obtain an FAA 107 pilot's license with night ops certification Have a clean driving record and valid driver's license Function in high-stress environments and dynamic situations ​ Fire pilots can expect: 12-hour shifts (0600-1800 or 1800-0600) No more than 36 hours of volunteer/work per week Exposure to elements and dynamic situations Rewarding training and experiences Life insurance and LOD benefits Disability/injury benefits Remote-friendly environment in many cases Leadership buy-in and genuine appreciation Live drone prophecy test ​ The ideal candidate for this position would be a certified firefighter who holds a FAA 107 license and NFPA 2400 training. ​ Considerations will be made to train up the right candidates to become drone pilots and obtain their NFPA 2400 training. ​ Candidates should also be passionate about their community and eager to learn new technologies that enhance public safety. ​ ​ DISPATCHERS AFRS recognizes the vital role that dispatchers play in our success. They are the "voice" that enables amazing things to happen within our organization. ​ AFRS dispatchers have the ability to work from home anywhere in the United States. ​ Dispatchers should be able to: Effectively communicate via voice, text, and email Have moderate or advanced computer skills Work alone and unsupervised without micro-management Adhere to policies and procedures Provide a stable/reliable internet connection from home Provide a stable/reliable Windows PC, Chromebook, or Android tablet Maintain a quiet background when handling telephone or radio activities Utilize web-based tools such as Google Maps, Open Maps, weather apps, chat, video conference, and others ​ Dispatchers can expect: Flexible shifts that suit your availability No more than 36 hours per week Fast-paced and rewarding environment Communicating with other government agencies on recorded lines Remote-friendly environment for anyone based in the US Leadership that truly values your contributions Making a difference in others' lives and enhancing community safety Regular training and one-on-one mentoring ​ Ideal candidates for this position include individuals passionate about serving the public and eager to learn new skills. ​ ​ SOCIAL MEDIA / VIDEO EDITING AFRS's emergency robotics capture a vast amount of data, including photos and videos that may need to be processed for marketing, fundraising, and training purposes. ​ This remote-friendly position is open to volunteers anywhere in the United States. ​ Social media volunteers should be able to: Perform post-processing of video content Interact with various social media platforms (TikTok, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) Process messages and respond professionally Review statistical data from each social media platform and relay trends to leadership Create slideshows or collections for gallery display or training purposes Resize, edit, crop, and alter images and video Attend monthly membership meetings Accomplish tasks without direct supervision ​ Social media volunteers can expect: Flexible schedules that fit your life No more than 36 hours per week Team environment Remote-friendly - Work from home ​ Interested persons should send their resume and cover letter to

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