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Meet Jason Dolf. Aerial Services’ Flight Operations Manager by day, firefighter and first responder by night.
Jason has been with ASI for over 21 years. He has been a part of several company advancements in software & technology including helping to build and launch our LiDAR and UAS programs. These programs have allowed ASI to remain a leader in the geospatial industry.
Jason has also racked up several certifications and achievements during his years, but that’s not what matters to him. It’s the work he puts in outside of the ASI office, being a volunteer firefighter and first responder. This is where his worlds collide. Bringing a geospatial knowledge to his volunteer service.
I Am a Volunteer
Jason has been a volunteer for the Raymond, IA fire department for the past 20 years. He has been able to successfully merge his geospatial career with one of his passions outside of work.
Drones have become increasingly popular among firefighters in the past decade, providing them with a multitude of ways to utilize the technology to help save lives. Dolf said “They have been used on scene to safely gather vital information about the fire and the building inhabitants, location of fires and hot spots, emergency deliveries, create training videos, and even using the UAS photography to create pre-fire plans.”
Firefighters have been using drones to capture images and create orthomosaic maps of key buildings and facilities, like schools, within the areas where they operate. These maps help firefighters learn where the exits are located prior to being on scene, and can be used by the incident commander during a fire to provide a comparison between normal conditions and fire conditions for different parts of a building.
During fire training sessions, Jason can use his drone to provide aerial video. This video allows the crew to review and discuss how to more efficiently and effectively extinguish the fire in a live situation.
Drones have also become invaluable to search & rescue responders, giving them a bird’s eye view of the AOI (area of interest) which may otherwise be difficult to observe using manned systems.
During the summer of 2018, area law enforcement and first responders were notified of a missing child. Every parent’s worst fear. Search parties were immediately formed, and areas of town were blanketed by volunteers. “During situations like these, time is of the essence” Dolf said. “Being able to search large areas and rough inaccessible terrain efficiently is key.”
Running through part of the search grounds, a wandering creek littered with decaying trees strewn about by a previous flood. Areas which could not be accessed by foot or boat due to dangers of river current and debris.
Jason spent several days as a volunteer, searching for the missing boy. Assisting search parties by flying a drone. Providing a high-def view of what searchers could not otherwise assess safely.
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