Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS)—systems whose gross take-off weight is less than 55 pounds—offer tremendous potential for emergency responders supporting public safety missions, allowing responders to carry out missions at a fraction of the cost of a manned aerial response, while keeping them out of personal danger. These systems also offer opportunities to perform missions impossible for manned vehicles, such as exploring the inside of buildings or tunnels.
To assess commercially available sUAS for public safety missions, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, established the First Responder Robotic Operations System Test (FRROST). FRROST will assess commercially available sUAS under field conditions according to priority use cases identified by the First Responder Resource Group.
Find this project in the FEMA Authorized Equipment List and the InterAgency Board Interactive Standardized Equipment List.
AEL Category, Title, Number, and Project:
AEL Category: 03. CBRNE Operational and Search and Rescue Equipment
AEL Title: System, Small Unmanned Aircraft
AEL Number: 03OE-07-SUAS
SAVER Project: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Search and Rescue (FRROST)