Nevada's Clark County Fire Department has received FAA permission to operate a small UAS. This is the first Certificate of Authorization (COA) approved in Nevada under the FAA's new "Public Safety Blanket COA" process. The department initiated the application to use UAS to address challenges of fire-service response.
The department plans to integrate small UAS into firefighting missions, such as hazardous materials spill response, public safety, life preservation missions, gathering photographic and video images over disaster scenes and fire areas, and training missions. Initial operations will focus on training firefighter flight crews and validating procedures for the department.