Mapping technique  - Safe viewing angle. Illustration from the IEDO Best Drone Pracitice Report 2020.
01 Mar 2021

IEDO releases its first international Best Drone Practices for 2020 - with support from CTIF


Screenshot from the IEDO Best Practice Report published with the support from CTIFThese various Best Practices are the synthesis of lessons learned in the field, local emerging initiatives and common practices widespread from 62 fire and rescue services, police services (SAR actors) and rescue associations from 13 countries in the world.

Since 2017, drones have saved more than 400 lives around the world. Many fire and rescue services and SAR associations have adapted this new technology to be more efficient and timely in decision-making.

Implementing and flying an aircraft without a pilot on board is technical and specific know-how. Conducting this remote piloting for a rescue or fire-fighting mission in an emergency and stress context requires a great deal of rigor and specific skills. In order to acquire them, one must prepare, train and practice to maintain one's achievements.


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Illustration (Above): Mapping technique  - Safe viewing angle. Illustration from the IEDO Best Drone Practice Report 2020.


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Currently in English only. 
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2020-21: A Memorandum of Understanding between CTIF and IEDO

CTIF, the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services, strongly supports the development of technology, new approaches and visions on how fire and rescue services can execute their missions faster, more efficiently and safer.

Read more about the cooperation on emergency drones USE between CTIF and IEDO

An MOU was signed in the Fall of 2020 and made public in early 2021. Drone technology has been used by emergency services for years, but it's still fairly recent. Not all public safety services use it today.

Technological innovation and drone regulation have always been constantly evolving and adapting, but much faster than the development of best drone practices. Today, emergency services show many differences in the use of drones, between those who have become experts and those who are launching their drone program.

The CTIF Executive Committee has been informed about the IEDO Tactical program, which summarizes the best practices of the use of drones in 2020 concerning rescue and firefighting missions. By gathering, exploiting, analyzing, synthesizing and disseminating good practices of drone uses in the field of disaster and crisis management, a very valuable document will be created, and this to the benefit of all emergency services.

With this letter, we would like to express our full support concerning this program. We are looking forward to reading the result and offer our help with the dissemination.

Milan Dubravac, President of CTIF

Another factor comes into play: experience. An experienced drone pilot is one who has multiplied operations, failures and successes, in various contexts and environments. The sum of the lessons learned builds the experience. When this is shared, from the experienced pilot to the novice pilot, it helps to build knowledge, to modify the behavior of the inexperienced by developing his attention, his prudence, his self-confidence.

Thus, after highlighting the good practices of the drone in a rescue or firefighting situation, this report aims in particular to offer the necessary and useful knowledge for a drone pilot of a fire service or an association of search and rescue (SAR), regardless of country and language.

This report aims to shed light on the tactical use possibilities for a drone team of an emergency service but also all the missions that can be carried out by drone for a layman.

It therefore aims to disseminate the state of the art of drone practices in rescue missions and also to promote the use of the drone by all emergency, rescue and firefighting services and crisis management

In line with the philosophy of the IEDO  (International Emergency Drone Association)  based on international exchange and sharing, this report summarizes best drone practices in 2020 concerning fire & rescue missions.

This report is not exhaustive but illustrates a good part of the tactical uses of the drone in 2020 to save and protect people, property and the environment.

The dissemination and sharing of this knowledge is intended for all rescue actors who use drone technology or who wish to start a drone program.

Happy reading for all public safety agencies!

Vendelin Clique, President of IEDO  (in Cooperation with CTIF)


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Illustration (Above): Mapping technique with drone searching hotspots in a forest fire.  Illustration from the IEDO Best Drone Practice Report 2020.