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Structure fire near wooded area

Use Case- Wildfires

USE CASES - Wildfires

Scenario Overview:

In this emergency scenario, fire service personnel will be confronted with a dual threat situation: a building fire adjacent to a sports field and great risk of a wildfire in a heavily wooded area. The incident occurs in close proximity to a town, requiring a coordinated response to protect lives, property, and the environment.

Scenario Details:


  • A sports field and a building are situated in a heavily wooded area.

  • The town is within a mile of the incident location.

  • Weather conditions: Dry and windy, with gusts of up to 25 mph.

Incident 1: Building Fire:

  • The building is in close proximity to a heavily wooded area.

  • Thick smoke is billowing from the building, with visible flames.

  • There are reports of possible occupants inside the building.

  • Possible hazardous materials stored inside the building.

  • Immediate life safety and fire suppression efforts are required.

Incident 2: Wildfire Threat:

  • The wildfire risk has the potential for fire to spread rapidly through the dense wooded area.

  • The wind is pushing the fire toward the sports field.

  • Nearby structures, including the town, are at risk if the fire is not contained.

  • Terrain is challenging, with narrow access roads for firefighting equipment.

Response Actions:

  1. Initial Size-Up (size-up officer):

    • Assess the severity of the building fire and potential victims.

    • Evaluate the extent of the wildfire threat.

    • Determine the need for additional resources and request mutual aid if necessary.

    • Establish an incident command post.

  2. Life Safety (incident commander):

    • Evacuate occupants from the building, if not already done.

    • Ensure the safety of responders in proximity to the building fire.

    • Initiate immediate evacuation warnings for nearby residents in the path of the wildfire.

  3. Fire Suppression (fireground commander):

    • Deploy firefighting crews and equipment to combat the building fire.

    • Establish a safe perimeter and deploy defensive tactics if necessary.

    • Consider aerial resources (e.g., helicopters) for water drops on the wildfire.

  4. Wildfire Response (wildland fire coordinator):

    • Place wildland firefighting teams and equipment on standby.

    • Outline possible firebreaks and containment lines that may prevent spread of fire towards the town.

  5. Evacuation and Shelter (evacuation coordinator):

    • Prepare a mandatory evacuation plan for the town if the wildfire threat escalates.

    • Establish evacuation routes and provide shelter locations for displaced residents.

  6. Communication (public information officer):

    • Maintain regular communication with the public, media, and other responding agencies.

    • Provide real-time updates on the situation, evacuation orders, and safety instructions.

  7. Resource Management (logistics chief):

    • Manage and allocate resources efficiently, including personnel, equipment, and supplies.

    • Establish a base camp for staging and refueling operations.

  8. Safety and Rehabilitation (safety officer):

    • Monitor responder safety, including heat stress and fatigue.

    • Implement rehabilitation areas for rest and hydration.

  9. Unified Command (incident commander):

    • Coordinate efforts between the building fire and wildfire incident commanders.

    • Make strategic decisions based on the evolving situation.

This emergency scenario requires fire service personnel to effectively manage two concurrent incidents: a building fire and a wildfire risk, all within close proximity to a populated town. Rapid decision-making, coordination, and resource management are critical to mitigate the risks and protect lives and property.

AFRS Thermal and Visual Example of brush fire:
How could AFRS fire pilots benefit this team?

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.


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
AFRS, when in full operation, can mobilize up to four additional pilots who can arrive on the scene within approximately 30 minutes.  This is due to our strategic coverage areas and preplanning measures.

Enhanced Visual Capability
The AFRS video within this article shows clearly the benefits of having an eye in the sky.


Not only is the drone not blinded by the fire like the ground team, the drone can clearly see all embers and hot spots that may create additional risk or expand the scope of this incident.

Thermal Imaging
AFRS's thermal imaging technology can easily see the embers and new fires that are starting to develop.

Effective Public Address System
In the event this fire would have continued to spread, AFRS pilots could easily create PA speaker messages to be broadcasted from the sky.   Where this would help alert nearby campers, hikers, and others in the path of danger.

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.

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 for reimbursement from insurance companies 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.


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