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Drones are being tested in the Emergency Services and Rescue arena, with Emergency services in Europe being trained to use drones in order to carry out first-response missions, ranging from search & rescue operations to fighting wildfires.

The ongoing growth of the Drone market has been steadily increasing as more companies and professions realise new benefits and enhancements to their services.

A partnership between the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and DJI, the world’s leading commercial drone manufacturer, will see first responders taught to fly DJI’s Phantom and Inspire drones.

“With this partnership, we hope to demonstrate the power of aerial systems in first response missions,” said DJI’s Director of Education Romeo Durscher.

“Drones are transforming the way first response and civil protection missions operate by not only helping commanders make faster, smarter and better informed decisions, but also by providing first responders with more detailed information from an aerial perspective.”

DJI and EENA selected the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department in Denmark and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team in Ireland as the first two test sites. The partners will use data and insights gathered from the program to draw up best practice guidelines for using drones in emergency situations.

“EENA has a unique position to observe how aerial technology has been—and has the potential to be—implemented to support first-responder services,” said EENA Deputy Executive Director Tony O’Brien.

“With this program, we seek to better understand how challenges in terms of logistics and data-analysis and integration can be overcome to fully realize the benefits of drones in emergency and humanitarian and crisis situations.”

Emergency Rescue teams using drones

Rescue 2 are always open to new ideas and techniques to enhance our Rescue service, so will be following these drone tests with interest.  

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Original article source: Newsweek.

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