Fairfax County sees drones in its future. County officials think drones will be a valuable tool in search and rescue, firefighting, wildlife management and many other applications, so they’re working up a program that encompasses all those functions and looking for public feedback at six upcoming meetings.
Everything needs an acronym and this one is UAS, short for
The county says potential drone applications include:
- Search and rescue.
- Flooding assessment.
- Pre- and post-disaster damage assessment.
- Transportation management.
- Crash reconstruction.
- Fire incident/scene management and investigations.
- Hazardous materials responses.
- Situational awareness for wildlife management.
- Terrain mapping.
Perhaps anticipating concerns about privacy, the county says the drones will not be used for any of these purpposes:
- To conduct random surveillance activities.
- To target a person based solely on individual characteristics, such as, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, or disability.
- To harass, intimidate or discriminate against any individual or group.
- To conduct personal business or any other unauthorized use.
There will be four public meetings to discuss the program (times and places below). If you have an opinion but want to skip the meetings, you can send