France’s Ministry of the Interior deployed DJI Mavic Pro drones to aid the Paris Fire Brigade by providing an aerial view of the fire. This allowed the firefighters to pinpoint exactly what areas of the fire to attack first and how to most effectively position the fire hoses. The result was of course that the Notre Dame was able to be saved. It could have been a lot worse. A spokesperson for the Paris firefighters stated to USAinformations that, ”it is thanks to these drones, this new technique absolutely essential today that we could make tactical choice to stop the fire at a time when it would potentially occupy the two belfries.”
Drones with 4k cameras are extremely effective in rescue situations and are being used more and more because not only are they cost efficient, costing far less than deploying helicopters, but they are also fast and detailed. Drones can get to locations faster and more efficiently than traditional measures and are small enough to navigate areas that could otherwise prove difficult to access. Case and point, Notre Dame. Those equipped with 4k video and thermal technology, provide incredibly detailed information helping first responders make knowledgeable decisions quickly and efficiently.
Flying drones over Paris is actually not typically allowed and the drones are geo-blocked from going to “no-fly” areas, however DJI was able to unblock the restriction in the case of Notre Dame.