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Flying near emergencies
Emergency situations can be dangerous for people, property and the environment.
Flying your drone near emergencies can cause major safety risks to response teams both in the air and on the ground.
While it might be tempting to take footage, doing so could break the drone safety rules and affect rescue efforts.
If you fly – they can't. Someone's life could be on the line.
To protect yourself and the safety of others, unless you have specific permission, never fly your drone in or near:
- natural disasters – bushfires, floods, electrical storms, hurricanes and cyclones
- police operations – traffic accidents, tactical response, training or rescue operations.
State and territory fire authorities
- National Aerial Firefighting Centre
- New South Wales Rural Fire Service
- Australian Capital Territory Rural Fire Services
- Victoria Country Fire Authority
- Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
- Tasmania Fire Service
- South Australian Country Fire Service
- Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services
- Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Services
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