Station Officer | ACT Fire & Rescue
Jeff Dau is a Station Officer with ACT Fire & Rescue, currently serving in the role of Bushfire & Development Assessment Officer within the Community Safety Section. Jeff has 26 years of fire services experience, serving in a range of roles including firefighting operations, emergency communications and a range of fire safety fields including fire safety engineering, bushfire protection, building certification and regulation and urban planning.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) and a Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety Engineering and Bushfire Protection. Jeff holds a Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) and has 70 hours flying experience with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles principally in the area of surveying and mapping.
Bushfire protection site assessments using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
The site assessment is the foundation of any bushfire protection assessment. Historically these assessments have been conducted with the aid of spatial information such as satellite imagery, contour and vegetation maps, as well cameras to capture photographic evidence for reporting purposes.
Technological advancements and the mass production of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) (drones) has led to rapid uptake of this technology across a range of areas including the public safety sector. With their relative affordability, exceptional picture quality, advanced positioning and intelligent flight systems, coupled with online mapping services, RPAS introduce a new tool to the site assessment process. RPAS offers a new perspectives of a site, enabling the time accurate capture of aerial imagery as well as the collection of site information for the creation of contour maps and better classification of vegetation formations.