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Posted on: September 14, 2018

EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE DRONE TAKES INAUGURAL FLIGHT

Fire Corps Certified Drone Pilots

Funding for the drone was made possible by Foundation donor Barbara Hamer and her family. EF&R is very grateful to Barbara, her family, and the Medic One Foundation for this generous donation. The drone will allow for better respond to more difficult search and rescue operations, which is something we need to better serve our communities. It would have been extremely helpful in a disaster like the Oso landslides, in which he was involved.

Donor Barbara Hamer said, “We feel so lucky to be able to fund the Matrice 210 drone for Eastside Fire & Rescue via the Medic One Foundation. This project is really the merger of two of my passions, emergency response and drone technology. I want our first responders to have every advantage when they come on scene to help –they deserve to return home safely to their own families as they are protecting us. This new technology will give them a hand up in so many ways as they are helping to save lives.  It’s just a pleasure to be able to give back to a system that has helped my family so many times.”

The PRECISIONHAWK DJI Matrice 210 can fly for 38 minutes and operate as far away as 4.3 miles reaching a speed of 85 mph.  Equipped with a high-quality “Fleer” camera, it will be dispatched for trail, swift water and still water rescues, as well as fires.  It will also be helpful for damage assessment and prolonged incident management support.

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