DJI Mavic 2 EA shows advantage thermal drones offer
Thermal drones, such as the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, offer insights into a fire’s behavior that you wouldn’t be able to see with the naked eye or a regular drone camera. Oftentimes, smoke or a roof can obscure the fire’s exact location and behavior.
Drone pilot Nick Enghardt shared the following photos on social media to show how thermal drones such as the DJI Mavic 2 EA can ‘see’ right through the smoke to locate the fire and the direction in which it is traveling.
Nick said on social media: “One of the main reasons I got into flying drones was for photography, however, I have also been able to use my skills to assist with the fire department I am a member of at several fire calls since obtaining my Part 107 and getting us set up with COAs. A huge shoutout and thanks to Greg Reverdiau and his crew for putting together such a great course on Part 107 as well as putting out incredibly helpful content for public drone operators. Here’s an aerial view of a fire we were called out to just this afternoon in which we had to move ahead of the fire front to set up what we call ‘exposure protection’ (protecting structures in the fire’s path). We are flying a Mavic 2 EA so I attached the infrared imagery for the same photo as well. drone operators. Here’s an aerial view of the fire.
Here is a photo from the DJI Mavic 2 EA camera.
Here’s the same scene viewed through the lens of a thermal camera.
In the comments, retired firefighter Robert Willis said: I see this as a huge asset, particularly for grass/brush fires for asset management/risk assessment. It can be very difficult to see at ground level the various components of the fire’s behavior – this is a game-changer!
In another example, Nick shows how a thermal drone can highlight a hotspot in a burning building. Knowing the exact location of a fire in a building not only avoids the need to poke many holes in the roof of a building but also helps to keep firefighters safe.
We also recently used it [thermal drones] at a structure fire to pinpoint where under the roof the fire was burning. It was difficult to find with a thermal camera inside so we went up top and located the hot spot immediately. It helped not only locate the fire but also avoid doing a lot of damage inside by having to poke holes in the ceiling,” Nick said.
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Photo credit: Nick Enghardt