Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Drone America and American Medical Response (AMR) are collaborating to bring Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) to the emergency medical services industry. By leveraging UAS technologies, AMR’s specialty teams would be able to provide swifter and safer rescue operations in dangerous situations such as disaster response, mountain rescue and swift water rescues.
“We are looking at the various potentials for the use of UAS’s for both the delivery of medical services, such as an AED, and as a platform for public safety initiatives to support search and rescue operations and communication with patients,” said AMR’s Senior Vice President of Operations Randall Strozyk.
A Drone America’s pre-production medical DAx8 UAS was revealed at AMR’s booth during the American Ambulance Association’s 2014 Annual Conference Nov. 17 in Las Vegas. Recently the AMR DAx8 gave a short flight demonstration inside a North Lake Tahoe Fire Department station for a Channel 8 KOLO News story about drones.
“Drone America’s DAx8 is specifically engineered with emergency services and first responders in mind,” said President and CEO of Drone America Mike Richards.
“We place great emphasis on listening to first responders, which influences our designs and gives us the ability to manufacture mission specific unmanned systems. Once completed, our systems will be a tool that could make a difference in their everyday lives, including increasing safety, reducing response times and providing support during emergency situations and disasters.”
Both AMR and Drone America expect this collaboration will cultivate the use of unmanned systems for life-saving applications.
American Medical Response, Inc. (www.amr.net), America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 18,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 3 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC), is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.
About Drone America:
Drone America has more than 100 years combined experience in flight operations and aerospace manufacturing. Our products are designed and manufactured using the latest advanced composite fabrication techniques producing safe, lightweight and robust airframes enabling reliable operations for our customers. Our composite manufacturing processes developed in-house are also environmentally friendly.