LA Fire Department & DJI Team Up to Develop Drone Tech for Public Safety Applications


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DJI and the Los Angeles Fire Department have announced a Solution Development Partnership to create, test, and deploy DJI drone technology for public safety applications.

"We are excited to be strengthening our partnership with the LAFD, one of the nation's preeminent public safety agencies, to help them take advantage of DJI's drone technology that has been purpose-built for the public safety sector," said Bill Chen, Enterprise Partnerships Manager at DJI. "Through our two-way collaboration, DJI will receive valuable insight into the complexities of deploying drones for emergency situations in one of the most complex urban environments in the nation. This insight will allow us to continue to refine and develop new technologies that will allow the LAFD and leading public safety agencies around the world to gain more value from life-saving drone technology."

As part of the agreement, the LA Fire Department will continue to test and use DJI drone technology as an emergency response and preparedness tool. The LAFD has actually already flown over 175 incident-related missions with DJI industrial aerial drones like the Matrice 200 Series, Matrice 600 Series, and Phantom 4 Pro. Drone tech can be used for a variety of safety applications related to the Fire Department's operations, including hot-spot identification and aerial mapping, incident response for swift water rescues, hazmat operations, and urban search and rescue missions. 

"The LAFD's growing drone program makes them part of over 910 public safety organizations across the United States that are deploying drones for life saving activities*," said Romeo Durscher, Director of Public Safety Integration at DJI. "While the LAFD program shows how drones can succeed when operated within expansive, urban areas by a large department, drone technology is valuable to municipalities of any size."

Source: DJI