Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center

 

The goal of search and rescue is to find a missing person quickly. Drones have the potential to help. But as Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports laws are limiting their uses for public safety.

 

A personal tragedy at a Tahoe ski resort this past winter is spurring one family to advocate for advanced technology in search and rescue. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores how drones could offer a solution.

On a bluebird day in mid-January, brothers Carson and Wyndham May, both ski instructors at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, had a day off to enjoy one of their favorite activities. This is what Wyndham, the younger brother, remembers:

 

First responders and drone experts gathered in downtown Reno for the first ever symposium on using drones in search and rescue. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray was there.

 

Using unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, in search and rescue is fairly new in the United States.

 

Warren Rapp is with Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center, which is hosting the three-day event. Rapp says the potential for using drones in emergencies hasn’t yet been fully realized.