Infrared-equipped DJI drone helps locate missing skiers and snowboarders

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In a first in western Canada, an infrared-equipped drone was used to rescue four people stranded in darkness, in waist-deep snow, on a recreational skiing mountain in British Columbia. It happened overnight Monday-Tuesday, with a DJI Matrice equipped with a FLIR Vue Pro camera operated by two men from a Kamloops company called Hummingbird Drones.

“We’ve been training with Kamloops Search and Rescue for well over a year,” co-founder and CEO Robert Atwood told TDC in a phone interview. “And the feeling of exhilaration was unlike anything either of us had every experienced – and we’ll likely remember for the rest of our lives.”

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Air Ambulance Services Market – Global Industry Insights, Trends, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2016-2024

Air ambulance service is a capital intensive business, which increases entry barriers for new entrants in the market. Moreover, the advent of ambulance drones will also impact demand for air ambulance in future. The high cost of availing the air ambulance service in comparison to a cheaper ambulance drone would be restrain market growth of air ambulance to a major extent.

In terms of number of players, there are various small players operating with a small fleet of planes across the globe. Some of the major players in the global air ambulance services market are Air Methods Corporation, Deccan Charters, Scandinavian Air Ambulance, Air Ambulance Specialists, Air Charter Service, and Air Methods.

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Advancements in healthcare technology along with increasing patient inclination towards faster and efficient mode of delivery has led to rampant growth of efficient and on-the-time delivery air ambulance services market size. Air ambulance services refer to transport or evacuation facilities provided to patients in emergency situations at the accident site, home, or hospital. Air ambulances are equipped with advanced medical facilities, including devices used in emergencies, to provide immediate medical carei to the patient until he/she reaches the nearest hospital. Moreover, air ambulances have trained medical crew onboard to treat patients in emergency situations en route to the hospital. Air ambulance efficiently addresses the issue of long travel time and inadequate reach to remote areas faced in road ambulance service. Air ambulance services have thus become an essential component of the modern healthcare system.

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Using Drones for Emergency Management

Using Drones for Emergency Management

By Allison G.S. Knox

With new technology comes a variety of applications that can have tremendous benefits to organizations, society – and, of course, the way we handle emergency management.  Technology gives emergency management a new way of handling the given crisis, and perhaps, a new perspective for how to use resources a bit more effectively.  Drones have been in the news a lot lately with some of the policies that have come about about their uses in the federal government.  President Obama used drones during his administration.  Similar to other pieces of technology that are developed for the military, drones have an interesting application in emergency management and are giving emergency personnel new ways to manage a developing crisis.

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