|8 April 2016|

Europe

A pioneering new partnership will examine how to best integrate the use of drones into first-response missions.

DJI – a global leader in making aerial-platforms – and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) will work closely together over the next 12 months to look at how aerial technology can support the emergency services in a variety of challenging situations and environments.

Ireland’s Donegal Mountain Rescue Team will be one of the first groups to receive intensive training into the use and application of DJI’s software development kit.

“With this partnership, we hope to demonstrate the power of aerial systems in first response missions,” said Romeo Durscher, DJI’s director of education. “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. The technology is easy to deploy and can be used in dangerous situations without risking pilots’ lives. This ultimately saves lives and property.”

EENA deputy executive director Tony O’Brien added:“EENA has a unique position to observe how aerial technology has been – and has the potential to be – implemented to support first-responder services. 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 crisis situations,” said O’Brien.