SHENZHEN, China—As first responders brave the dangers of natural disasters, DJI is looking to lend a hand with a new Disaster Relief Program in the U.S. Through the program, the drone developer will provide its technology and training to the response and recovery efforts of major disasters like wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and local emergencies.
DJI will work with pre-selected U.S.-based partners to equip state and local public safety agencies with both hardware and software technologies. Gear that the company has tapped for the program includes the DJI Matrice 200 series and Mavic 2 Enterprise series drones, accessories and batteries, visual and thermal cameras, the FlightHub drone fleet management software and AeroScope for airspace management and unauthorized drone detection and migration. Technical support, repair services and on-site manpower will also be provided.
Some of the initial participants of the program include the Los Angeles Fire Department, Menlo Park Fire Protection Department, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Unmanned Response Team North Texas, FLYMOTION and Axon.
“This program builds on DJI’s growing commitment to the public safety industry, as more than 900 public safety organizations across the United States, including the Los Angeles Fire Department, are deploying DJI drones for lifesaving activities,” said Romeo Durscher, director of public safety integration at DJI. “To date, at least 278 people around the world have been rescued from peril by drones and this program will ensure that many more lives are saved by mitigating the risks to emergency responders on the ground and on the front lines of natural disasters.”