Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Rosbach, Derren

Project Center

Costa Rica


The Costa Rican Fire Department (CRFD) has begun implementing drones into its emergency operations. The goal of our project was to develop a protocol for the efficient application of drones by the CRFD in their emergency response program to ensure human safety by supplementing manpower with aerial surveillance. We found that there were five main scenarios in which the CRFD could use drones as well as three adverse conditions that impacted the use of drones. We gave the CRFD recommendations of how to improve the technology it currently owns and its teaching methods to expand the drone program. Further research should be conducted to improve the drone technology of the CRFD and expand implementation into other organizations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies