Emergency Services

INSIGHT: Running a police drone program with the Alliance Drone Team

Commercial Drone Professional is taking a look into drones and the emergency services this month. As part of the Special Report in May, CDP spoke to Sergeant James Rees, the Alliance Drone Team manager in Devon and Cornwall. This is his insight into what it takes to run a drone program: He writes: “When I joined the team in 2018, my predecessor (along with two other officers, including my current Senior Pilot), had done a fantastic job of establishing the programme. They began by running a pilot project which involved the purchase of a DJI Inspire drone, they wrote an
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Drone operation for hospital pandemic response launches in the US

Novant Health, a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system headquartered in North Carolina, has launched America's first emergency drone logistics operation by a hospital for its pandemic response. The launch was made possible through a partnership with Zipline, the world's only national scale, on-demand logistics service, which will provide drone flight services. The FAA granted Novant Health a Part 107 waiver to begin operation, which is being launched as part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT's) Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The operation provides contactless distribution of personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies to Novant Health frontline
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AV8 makes EASA drone courses available to emergency services on not-for-profit basis

AV8 has made its General VLOS Certificate (GVC) conversion drone course available on a not-for-profit basis to anyone who flies drones for the emergency services. The course, which includes both the GVC and A2 Certificate of Competence (A2 CofC), is part of the UK’s adoption of a harmonised European framework for drones. That harmonisation is set to come into force on November 1, 2020. Jon Anderson, CEO of AV8, said: “It’s difficult to overstate the contribution made by the women and men of the emergency services; if the past several months has shown us anything, it’s that their dedication and
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EXCLUSIVE: Sergeant Kevin Taylor’s insight on getting the Lincs Police drone program off the ground

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Speaking to CDP as part of this month’s Special Report on drones and emergency services, Sergeant Kevin Taylor, chief pilot of the Lincolnshire Police Drone Unit, gave an insight into what it meant to get a drone operation of the ground. Here, he comments on some of the challenges and gives insight to what is crucial to get right when setting it up. Taylor explains: “Fortunately, the project ran relatively smoothly although it is imperative you get the right candidates for the role. Remote Pilots are selected based on their enthusiasm and dedication to the team and that determination really
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VIDEO: Autonomous drones deliver defibrillators to 80,000 Swedish residents

Everdrone is now deploying a drone system that delivers Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the scene of cardiac arrests. In doing so, bystanders will now have the ability to initiate life-saving measures while awaiting professional medical care. Now available to more than 80,000 residents in the Gothenburg area of Sweden, the service is part of a clinical study in collaboration with Sweden’s national emergency call centre, SOS Alarm, and the Centre for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet (KI). The company’s CEO, Mats Sällström said: “By combining our state-of-the-art drone platform and know-how in the regulatory space, we are finally able
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Parrot and DroneSense partner to better equip public safety UAS programs

Parrot has partnered with DroneSense to enable public safety UAS teams to use the full suite of DroneSense capabilities tailor-made for the needs of first responders with their ANAFI aircraft. The partnership hopes to allow the ANAFI’s functionality to couple with the scene management tools in the DroneSense Platform to provide public safety operators with an unparalleled level of situational awareness that will ultimately help save more lives. DroneSense provides drone pilots with an intuitive flight control interface that they can use to fly any mission with any drone in their fleet. Incident commanders gain complete situational awareness with live
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Parrot supports Human Rights Watch with drones and software provision

Parrot is supporting Human Rights Watch’s mission of investigating human rights abuses around the world. To assist the organization’s work, Parrot is providing its ANAFI drones, along with advanced software and technical support. Most recently, as part of a Human Rights Watch investigation into ISIS atrocities in northern Syria, Parrot provided support in capturing aerial imagery and 3D data of the al-Hota gorge near Raqqa, a suspected mass grave site used by ISIS. As part of the investigation, Parrot provided ANAFI drones and on-call support for piloting and technical assistance. The dangerous terrain and steep cliffs of al-Hota made it
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