Within the context of the ongoing collaboration between The Cyprus Institute and the Department of Forests, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, researchers from CyI’s USRL lab conducted an exercise using a flexible, unmanned, fixed wing aircraft (drone) carried out in cooperation with the Department of Forests of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment. The exercise was carried out within the framework of utilizing drone technology by the Department of Forests for forest fire protection. The exercise took place in the Aetomouttis State Forest, near the Lythrodontas community.
The scenario provided for active aerial surveillance of the area using a drone to initially identify and track suspicious movements, followed by the precise detection of a smoke and fire outbreak, as well as the continuous and immediate processing and utilization of the information gathered in real time at the Mobile Coordination Center of the Department of Forests, in order to take appropriate measures and actions for prevention, repression and firefighting.
The exercise was carried out simulating real conditions both in the location of the event and in its time evolution, thus testing the reaction and response of the participating personnel from the Department of Forests and CyI.
The exercise is part of the continuous quality and technological advancement of the Department of Forests, and was carried out within the context of the upcoming 2019 fire-fighting season. The exercise is a further indication of the close cooperation of The Cyprus Institute and the Department of Forests for the Management of Forest Fires.