Aerial photographs with drones can provide helpful support during fire brigade operations, rescues and in the area of civil emergencies (disaster control service). The pilots at SPECTAIR assist with timely operations in the event of fires, accidents and natural disasters. In addition to providing assistance to rescue operations, photographs taken to document the damage also assist insurance companies in assessing the damage accurately.



Damaged areas on dyke constructions are not easy to detect from the ground. The ascent into dykes to investigate the damage is time-consuming. Although the damage cannot be seen with the naked eye, it may result in a breach of the dyke in the event of flooding. The risks associated with dyke damage for the population, agriculture and building development during a flood should not be underestimated.


Drones provide a cost-effective and efficient alternative for monitoring the dyke systems. Dykes can be patrolled from the air with drones and examined with thermal imaging cameras affixed for this purpose. Damaged spots in the dyke bodies can be identified on the created thermal images. Such damage can arise due to, for example, an excessive load as a result of flooding or heavy rainfall. It is possible to create a location image and identify damaged spots by patrolling with high resolution thermal imaging cameras. Dyke inspectors, who inspect the dykes in these flood protection facilities, can use the flying robot technology for their work in an optimal way.




The situation is often confusing after fires, avalanches, earthquakes, landslides and other disasters. Many areas cannot be reached easily or viewed without danger. Drones can help in these situations: They provide detailed aerial photographs of destroyed buildings, terrain and infrastructure and can be used to help assess the situation after a disaster.


Search for missing persons and rescue with drones

Accidents, fires, earthquakes, landslides or flood damage all require a rapid response. The disaster regions can often only be reached with difficulty or under risky conditions. An efficient response is needed within a few hours to save lives. The affected areas can be examined from the air with the help of drones. People who have saved themselves by climbing onto a roof, for example, can be located from the air. Drones are also able to locate missing persons with thermal imaging cameras.

Damage documentation with drones after natural disasters and fires

After natural disasters, insurance companies receive a variety of damage reports, which make it difficult to maintain an overview. In such situations, an estimate of the actual extent of the damage by inspecting the extent of this damage is helpful to distinguish between correct details and insurance fraud. According to investigations carried out by the German Insurance Association (Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft, “GDV”), a loss of about four billion euros per year alone is incurred by the insurance companies from indemnity and accident insurance due to insurance fraud (Source: Valuable information for the initial documentation and for the assessment of damages can be collected by using drones to provide assistance. Damage documentation can be created in a timely manner from aerial photographs for evacuated or remote regions which are difficult to reach. Places such as roofs, towers or bridges can be investigated in detail with aerial photographs. Orthophotos can also be used to reproduce the damage that has occurred in the course of events.


Assistance provided by drones during fire brigade operations

Unmanned aircraft provide valuable support to the police, fire brigade and rescue workers after accidents and misfortunes. Drones can provide helpful support from the air, especially during fire brigade operations. With drones it is possible to analyse the fire situation, identify potential dangers, fire nests and people who are seeking help.


The drones at SPECTAIR fly over programmed GPS routes autonomously and provide insightful images of the affected terrain. Alternatively, the flying robots can be manually controlled from a safe distance.


Even after chemical accidents or fires, an overview of the situation from the air offers numerous advantages. Drones can also fly over danger areas from the air without any difficulty, in particular, in order to obtain an initial overview of the situation. Drones can analyse hard-to-reach areas within a very short time. The aerial photographs obtained provide information on the risks involved in using rescue workers and the specific measures which should be taken.



The team at SPECTAIR provides rapid support to assess the situation with the help of aerial photographs during disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, explosions, etc. The experienced pilots and camera operators at SPECTAIR effectively supervise the rescue work with extensive technical equipment. Cameras affixed to drones can quickly provide the fire brigade and officer-in-charge with an overview of the situation at the location of the fire. As a result, rescue operations can be implemented purposefully and with the greatest possible safety for the involved relief units.


Drones can help to identify hidden fire nests and locate missing persons. Special sensors provide readings via temperature, smoke emission and the gas concentration in the air. An evaluation of these data together with the current weather information enables the identification of risks to the population in due time and the initiation of the necessary measures.


SPECTAIR provides support to the fire brigade and rescue workers during mission planning to and insurances during damage assessment. With drones, the pilots and camera operators at SPECTAIR can create professional damage documentation.




  • Supporting the fire brigade in the event of industrial fires, building fires, plant fires, wildfires, forest fires, damage caused by explosions
  • Assessment of exposure to pollutants
  • Help during ice-fall accidents (transport of floatation aids, ropes, ice claws etc.)
  • Support of rescue work and assessment of the situation during earthquake damage, storm damage, flood damage, landslides, mudflows, landslides


  • Secure & rescue/Search for missing persons (person or animal search)
  • Support with tasks in the field of civil security
  • Support with traffic accidents (for example the reconstruction of accidents during multiple collisions)
  • Transport tasks (light rescue equipment, means of communication, drinking water etc.)


  • Providing support to the forestry authorities
  • Forest monitoring during extreme hot spells/ preventative forest fire fighting
  • Surveillance flights with drones to control flight strips
  • Assessment of crop damage/hail damage

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