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Survey of Drone Usage in Public Safety Agencies



Hien V. Nguyen, Terese W. Manley, Kamel S. Saidi


The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted a survey to explore ways in which drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are currently being used in public safety operations and identify potential opportunities for drones to improve operations in the future. The participants of the survey included 183 first responders, and the responses were collected in the time period of April through July 2019. The results and further analysis of the survey are explored in this report.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8305
Report Number


Broadband, drones, first responder, public safety, public safety communications, unmanned aircraft system (UAS), wireless communications.


Nguyen, H. , Manley, T. and Saidi, K. (2020), Survey of Drone Usage in Public Safety Agencies, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed February 23, 2024)
Created April 30, 2020