Fire Rescue

Drones are the most important firefighting tool since the fire hose. Better data, increased awareness, and a safer way to fight fires.


Drones In The Fire Service

Since 2014, Skyfire has worked with fire departments across the United States to navigate the sometimes complex process of establishing world-class fire rescue drone programs. The use of UAS in the fire service has grown steadily since then. With every new department that comes online, drones are becoming an increasingly important front-line tool for fire rescue organizations. Simply put, firefighting UAS’s can save lives. Fire drones can go where people can't, be deployed much more rapidly, and give the incident commander easy access to life-saving information. It is easy to see why drones are the future of intelligence in the fire service.

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Firefighting UAS can now be used in everything from search and rescue to swift water rescue.


Skyfire has worked with over 200 public safety agencies in nearly all 50 states.


Skyfire is the nation’s leading expert in public safety UAS operations.

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Fire Rescue UAS Operations



Deployable in seconds, a firefighting drone can assess the entire scene quickly, safely and effectively, often well before other vehicles arrive. High-resolution, live-streaming daylight cameras, FLIR thermal cameras, and gas sensors take the guesswork out of scene size-up. Fire service drones are proven tools that reduce costs while eliminating risks to human life and expensive equipment. Better deploy resources while keeping your fire crew out of harm's way.

Limitless applications

Even if you've never flown a drone before, you'll be amazed at how easy a fire UAV from DJI, Yuneec, or one of Skyfire’s other equipment partners is to operate. You are and the powerful results you'll get with each and every flight. Live streaming video with virtually no delay gives you an instant view of what's going on. Draw a flight path with your finger, and the UAV will automatically fly without you having to touch the controls. Put it exactly where you want it, and it will use GPS and other sensors to remain stationary even in 30+ mph winds. 

Firefighting drones have eliminated the need to put people and expensive equipment in harm's way to assess critical HAZMAT situations, wildfires, and/or structural fires. It's more efficient and safer to deploy an inexpensive UAS, mounted with standard high-resolution cameras, FLIR thermal cameras, or gas sensors, to identify threats before they can become true dangers. Know when and where to send people and resources with levels of safety and efficiency that were never possible before.


A search and rescue mission that used to take hours or days can now be accomplished in minutes. Search and rescue drones can be outfitted with FLIR thermal cameras, smart tracking hardware, and spotlights to find people through smoke, flames, and other obstructions that would hinder operations utilizing traditional methods. Search and rescue drones can even drop critical supplies, life vests, tow lines, and more.

Find victims faster, scour large areas in minutes instead of hours, all without putting yourself, your crew, or volunteers at risk.

UAS is the most important new tool in the fire service since the thermal camera, if not since the fire hose itself.
— Matt Sloane, CEO, Co-Founder
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The Skyfire Method

We’ve worked with hundreds of fire departments, so we know that establishing a fire department drone program can be hard and time consuming. That’s why we make it easy with the Skyfire method.


FAA Consulting

Navigating the complexities of fire department drone regulations is difficult even for government professionals. That’s why we take the headache out of the process by first helping our clients identify the best regulatory framework for their fire department, and then working with them to complete all necessary paperwork. Our team of Certificate of Authorization experts will even file all the paperwork for your department, and remind you when it’s time to renew.

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Pilot Training

Obtaining a Part 107 certification or a COA is only the first step in building a sustainable fire department drone program. Your pilots need training to keep up currency and maintain their skills. We’ve developed training packages for every skill level and budget. From our online Part 107 course, to our multi-day hosted Skills Camps, our customized training options are designed to give your team the drone piloting skills they need to start flying missions immediately.



Once your department has chosen the proper regulatory framework, and established a training regimen, it’s time to choose the best drone, or fleet of drones, to integrate into your command structure. We’ve partnered with the best UAS manufacturers in the world to get our clients the best prices on their UAS purchases. In addition, we hold exclusive partnerships with some of the most exciting emerging drone technology companies, making us the leading fire drone experts.


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