Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)

The County’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) program focuses on enabling emergency responders with the best that this technology has to offer. We have multiple aircraft that have various mission-configurable capabilities, including the ability to:
– carry and deliver medical supplies such as defibrillators, medications, personal floatation devices, or satellite phones
– scan the ground or buildings using sensitive infrared cameras
– provide high definition video of a scene or remote location to incoming responders or allied agencies
– fly complex grid patterns with GPS high accuracy for search and rescue

Our aircraft can fly at up to speeds of 80km/h with flight times of up to 35 minutes, with the ability to be re-deployed quickly with a quick ground check and a new battery.

The County has partnered with Indro Robotics, a high-tech engineering company specializing in aviation to continue developing the capability of our RPAS program to meet the needs of our region as the technology itself evolves. Our pilot program focuses on safety, with aviation developed standard operating procedures to keep our responders and the public safe during RPAS operations.

RPAS Video