• Saqib Mehmood
  • Shakeel Ahmed
4. term, Risk and Safety Management, Candidate (Master Programme)
Emergency response services do the precious and very significant job of rescuing and securing human lives from the dangers of natural as well as non-natural emergencies and disasters. Some emergencies involving seriously injured persons need immediate medical treatment within first 10 minutes. But the average response time is 10 minutes making a room for improvement in current standard emergency procedures. This report initially investigates whether it could be dealt with either modifying the current system to make it respond faster or by induction of new technologies such as manned or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and helicopters into emergency services. A research based on Multi Criteria Decisions Analysis (MCDA) reveals that UAV such as Ambulance Drone is the best alternative.
An example of a traffic crash at Kroskro roundabout in outskirts of Esbjerg is hypothetically considered for the application of UAV into fire and rescue service of Sydvestjysk Brandvæsen (SVJB) with the broader application of it in other emergencies as well. The findings of this report show that the socio economic benefits to the society of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) can outweigh the costs of its induction by a huge margin. However rapidly evolving as new technology UAV incorporation comes along with the baggage of risk perception of dread and fear in the public and regulatory hurdles.
To tackle the risk perception based on the heuristic and psychometric factors a risk communication is needed in such a way that could make public accept the technology by paving the way of approval of UAV into emergency services. This report reckons not only the inevitable role that UAV can play but it also probes and analysis whether the advocacy and incorporation of it into emergency services can take safety to a higher level by incurring minimum costs.
Publication date8 Jun 2017
Number of pages130
ID: 259413940