Emergency Services

Retired fire chief joins DJI in expansion of its drones for public safety operation

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DJI has welcomed retired fire chief Wayne Baker as its new director of public safety integration. The manufacturer says it hopes the appointment can enhance its support for the police, fire and rescue personnel across America who rely on DJI drones for public safety. Baker is a 26-year veteran of the fire service and recently retired after serving the past 10 years as fire chief and emergency management coordinator for the city of Joshua, Texas. He is also a founding member of the North Central Texas Public Safety UAS Response Team, where he worked with DJI to test and evaluate
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New drone camera system developed to help search inside buildings

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A new camera system that aids in the search and rescue of people trapped inside buildings by allowing operators to see inside high rise buildings has been revealed. The new WideSee system was developed in collaboration between engineers at the University of Leeds, University of Massachusetts and Northwest University in Xi’an China. WideSee has been designed for use by emergency workers to aid in the rescue of those trapped inside high rise buildings. Researchers say that the prototype device is capable of scanning deep into a building by using long-range radio waves, which can penetrate concrete walls. Dr Zheng Wang,
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ResponDrone set to hold ‘Design Thinking’ workshop for First Responders

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ResponDrone are preparing to hold a ‘Design Thinking’ workshop for First Responders in Thessaloniki, Greece from November 12-13. Participants from regional and national authorities, state agencies, rescue services and fire departments will participate in the workshop aimed at identifying their needs for the future ResponDrone System. The international ResponDrone Project, which is developing a situational awareness system for emergency situations, and provides critical information and communication services to first responders, will bring together industrial, technological and end-user partners of the consortium. ResponDrone has started work on developing an integrated solution for first responders to operate a fleet of drones with
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UAVs to assist in post-hurricane relief

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The Government of Bahamas will make use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to support its post-hurricane relief efforts. Swift Engineering’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) team will use its UAVs to gather intelligence on the damage caused by the hurricane, conducting 98 day and night missions. The fleet will be used to gather 3D terrain models, damage assessments and fire containment analysis to help more effectively provide relief. Rick Heise, CEO of Swift Engineering, said: “Our team of UAV pilots and services specialists were ready on a moment's notice to support the relief efforts in the Bahamas. "We were able to assess the
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