“Drones for good” is a newer term that is being used to describe awesome things small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) can do to save lives. One of the best use cases for these drones for good is the Inspire 1 v2 and its ability to sling personal floatation devices (PFD) or parachute cord. This sUAS, at a low cost, can save lives during a water rescue. Best practices exist and with the proper equipment as well as training; first responders can leverage this technology to quickly and safely recover individuals.

First responders are currently using this tool to practice using drones instead of sending out teams to ice rescues or into a river. The concept is simple, place a life vest onto a drone, raise the landing gear causing the vest to drop over the top of a target. So picture this, a person just fell through the ice. First responders get there and determine they need to get a sled out to begin to move across the ice to rescue that individual. With the Inspire 1 V2 build, instead of getting the slide out a drone can drop a rope with a life vest to the individual and begin to pull them out. Game changing? We think so.

You will need the following items:

  1. DJI Inspire 1 V2 or DJI Inspire 2
  2. Skyzimir Stork
  3. PFD with cord
  4. Training on best practices and safety


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