NFPA Receiving Emergency Responder Robotics Requests 2


The NFPA’s Standards Council has received requests to begin developing an ANSI standard on operational protocol and professional qualifications for operators of robotics, including drones, used in emergency responder applications.

The requests are for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard on operational protocol and professional qualifications for operators of Emergency Responder Robotics (including Unmanned Aerial Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and other robotics utilized in emergency responder applications).

The organization said in a statement, “Comments regarding operational protocols and professional qualifications for emergency services operators of Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UAS”) are specifically being sought; comments regarding other emergency responder robotics applications and technologies are additionally welcomed.”

Currently, no known standards establish protocol for the operation of robotics, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”), by emergency services personnel nor professional qualifications for  UAS operators in emergency services applications.

If the council approves the request, the expectation is that a new NFPA Technical Committee will be established to provide expertise and a balance of interested stakeholders specific to applicable technologies and operations.


2 thoughts on “NFPA Receiving Emergency Responder Robotics Requests

  • Geoff Parsons

    Whilst I have not found any standards, etc for health and emergency usage of drones there are codes which may give your group(s) ideas for the drafting procedures for your own standards. I am preparing a book on droneology and have the following on codes (The table has not come out appropriately ).

    Codes for drones As the use of drones has developed and grown, codification of usage for particular purposes has been a concurrent development. This item merely identifies known codes and reflects on their rationale.
    Although some codes have originated under statute / statute-based, others are from professional bodies and other non-government organisations.

    1. Aid agencies • International aid agencies and their associated emergency services • Model regulations, rules or code – yet to be adopted • For areas of natural and other disasters
    2 Flying • Civil Aviation Authority • The Drone Code
    3 Journalism • Professional Society of Drone Journalists• Code of ethics for Drone Journalists
    4 Surveillance • Surveillance Camera Commissioner • Surveillance Camera Code of Practice
    5 Data Protection .. Information Commissioners Office principles of data protection privacy etc

  • Geoff Parsons

    I should have indicated to you that my sources are UK (flying)(data protection)(surveillance) USA (journalism) and International aid NGOs
    (emergency /disaster). The latter is a subject on the agenda of an international event in late May 2016.

    My research on droneology and codes is still continuing but if I can help further please let me know.

    Some medical, health and care findings probably have operation protocols – these are examples:
    1. HARTs The Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) of the NHS (UK) will or do have drones. The drones for the 15 medical emergency teams are supplied by the National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU). (See below Public Safety.)
    2. Defibrillator A young inventor in New Zealand has installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) into a drone and is no doubt testing his device. There is a similar device in Netherland where doctors offer guidance remotely – no doubt they have standardsetc…?
    3. Deliveries Finally, drones are being or will be used to deliver medicines in remote places, eg in Africa.
    Possible applications include:
    • Carrying blood
    • carrying telemedical equipment
    • provision of live video broadcast to the patient
    • telling the patient or companion medicines or items of equipment.
    • sensors to detect hazardous materials, warning those nearby to take precautions.
    I would expect they have or will have operational standards…?

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