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US Department of Homeland Security to survey public response to first responder drone use

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking to launch a survey of Understanding Public Perception and Acceptance of First Responders Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the application of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to firefighting, law enforcement, and emergency medical missions, according to documents filed the with the Federal Register.

“First responder organizations have used UAS to search for lost children, identify high risk areas in burning structures, facilitate relief operations following hurricanes, reduce risk and exposure for law enforcement officers in active-shooter events, and many other use cases. The primary purpose of this survey is to understand the public perception of and identify concerns with current and potential uses of UAS technology by first responders. The survey will ask respondents to report their demographic characteristics, their knowledge of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), their knowledge of the use of UAS by first responders, their overall trust in the use of new technologies by the government and first responders, their general attitudes about such use, and their opinions about the use of drones by first responders for specific applications like search-and-rescue. The survey will also ask respondents to evaluate the effectiveness of different test messages that we have created to deliver information to the public about first responder drone applications. Comments are encouraged and accepted until July 9, 2020.”

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