K. Daniel Glover The Big Apple’s big investment in drones paid dividends yesterday when the Fire Department of New York put it into the air over a four-alarm fire in the Bronx. It marked the first time the fire department used its $85,000 tethered drone in the field. “We were able to get a good […]
By K. Daniel Glover
Drones contributed to the saving of at least 59 lives in 18 different emergency situations around the world between May 2015 and last month, according to a new report. Eight of the rescues involving 14 people occurred in the United States.
China-based DJI, the leading civilian drone maker, produced the report based on news accounts of the incidents. People were counted as being saved by drones if they were “in a state of danger that could imperil [them],” such as floods, fires and exposure to extreme weather. The drones in these situations also had to play a “material role” in getting the people to safety.
The report calculated that drones are saving about one life a week. “For firefighters, rescue squads and search operations,” the report said, “drones offer an unprecedented way to quickly find missing people with traditional cameras or thermal imaging sensors, as well as to bring them emergency supplies such as water, life jackets, medicine and rescue ropes.”