The drone industry appears to have taken yet another big step forward this week as the largest manufacturer, DJI, has announced that they will be working with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) in a new project. The new project will see first responders in Europe trained in using drones in an attempt to improve the service’s efficiency.

DJI has said that the move is a positive one for all involved as commanders will now have the equipment to assess all situations properly using the drone technology which will then allow them to make better-informed decisions. The Phantom, Matric 100 and Inspire models will be given to a small number of pilots in Europe and will all be equipped with thermal-imaging technology in hopes that their job will be made easier. The start date for the joint project is said to be somewhere between May and September with Ireland and Denmark to have first access to the program.

The Greater Copenhagen Fire Department will be using the technology to help with firefighting situations that may involve road accidents, chemical accidents and more. One of the biggest mountain rescue teams is already using DJI drones in Ireland but this news will see them expand their uses into scenarios with crowds. DJI drones have been praised in the past for their help in search and rescue missions as it allows crews to determine the severity of the situation and to work out their best approach without having to make effectively ‘blind’ dangerous decisions.

The emergency hotline 112 was set up 17 years ago this year by EENA and now spreads to over 80 countries where 1,200 employees are based. Once this initial project is complete, the two will meet with representatives from all around the world to see how best to integrate drones into emergency response situations.

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