Drones used for disaster relief

Drones used for disaster relief

For the first time in Georgia, a new kind of training hits the skies.

Jason Ritter, GEMA Area 4 Field Coordinator and UAS (unmanned aircraft system) Program Manager, says drone training is taking off for our first responders.

"It enables us to go out into the real world and respond to disasters, accidents, a plane crash like the one behind us which they simulated here. We're able to get to the victim quicker, identify the situation and we're also able to take care of our first responders while they're heading to the scene."

Sometimes, roofs are the only source of refuge in disasters, and a drones unique design makes for a very useful eye in the sky.

"The technology in unmanned aircraft systems has came so far, with GPS coordination that's locked on, plus the video that the drone is able to capture and send back real time to anywhere," Ritter says.

John Hutcheson from the GPSTC says this kind of training won't stay grounded, rather be used to help with tragedies like in Texas.

"It's beneficial that we're getting this training. You hate to see any state, to see what they're going through in Texas and our prayers are definitely with them," Hutcheson continues, "But I think this will be some beneficial information. Once we get it to where we can share it, it will benefit in incidents like that."

Incidents where unmanned aircrafts can protect those trying to protect others. 

The drones won't replace servicemen and women, but rather work with them to improve communication, efficiency, and safety.

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