Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Toolkit

The IAFC created a task force to evaluate the current state of unmanned aerial systems UAS policy, procedures, tactics and technology as they impact the fire and emergency service, and provide leadership and subject matter experts for fire and EMS departments interested in implementing a UAS program.

Considerations & Resources



As unmanned aerial systems (UAS) become increasingly popular and affordable, their public safety applications make them an attractive option for law and fire rescue agencies. Public safety agencies are exploring many uses, including:

  • Search and rescue tracking
  • Monitoring the hazardous release of chemicals
  • Scene reconstruction and more

While there are technological and operational advantages of unmanned aircraft systems, the rapid rate at which its technology is expanding has created regulation, procedure and policy challenges.

This website provides a starting point for fire and emergency service agencies interested in using UAS. This is a rapidly evolving technology and this information will be updated as the environment changes.

Meet the Task Force

G. Keith Bryant, U.S. Fire Administrator 
Task Force Chair

Tim Butters, Retired Fire Chief

Richard Davis, Austin Fire Department
Additional SME

Otto Drozd, Orange County Fire Rescue
Metro Chiefs

Greggory Favre, St. Louis Fire Department
IAFC Terrorism & Homeland Security Committee

Justin Green, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
IAFC Wildland Fire Policy Committee

Darryl Kerley, Oak Ridge Fire Department
IAFC SHS Section

Charles MacFarland, City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
Additional SME

Gary McCarraher, Franklin Fire Department
IAFC Communications Committee

John Mohler, Bloomfield Fire Department

Bob Royall, Harris County Fire Marshal's Office
IAFC Hazmat Committee

Mark Wendelsdorf, Caldwell Fire and Rescue Department
IAFC Board of Directors


Richard Miller, IAFC UAS Staff Liaison