DJI has unveiled a new Disaster Relief Program to support first responders in the United States with access to DJI’s industry-leading drone technology.
At AirWorks this week, the company outlined response and recovery efforts during and after major disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and local emergencies as to where it hopes it can help.
Romeo Durscher, director of public safety integration at DJI, commented: “This program builds on DJI’s growing commitment to the public safety industry, as more than 900 public safety organizations across the United States, including the Los Angeles Fire Department, are deploying DJI drones for lifesaving activities.”
Adding: “To date, at least 278 people around the world have been rescued from peril by drones and this program will ensure that many more lives are saved by mitigating the risks to emergency responders on the ground and on the front lines of natural disasters.”
Through the Disaster Relief Program, DJI will work with pre-selected US-based partners to equip state and local public safety agencies.
Initial participants in the program include the Los Angeles Fire Department, Menlo Park Fire Protection District, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Unmanned Response Team North Texas, FlyMotion and Axon.
Drone hardware and software distributed through the program will include the DJI Matrice 200 series and Mavic 2 Enterprise series drones, accessories and batteries, powerful visual and thermal cameras, DJI’s FlightHub drone fleet management software, and DJI AeroScope for airspace management and unauthorized drone detection and mitigation.
DJI will also provide technical support, repair services, and on-site manpower to help organizations more effectively and efficiently deploy drone technology in times of need.