Technology Demonstrated to Assist First Responders in Disaster Situations

Revolutionizing Emergency Response: Drone and Robot Demonstration at OSU Tulsa

In Tulsa, first responders are being introduced to cutting-edge technology that has the potential to revolutionize emergency response. During a demonstration at OSU Tulsa, drones and robotic dogs were showcased in emergency response scenarios. While the Tulsa Fire Department already utilizes drones and robots, the constantly evolving capabilities of this technology mean that first responders must be prepared for what could become the standard in emergency response.

During the demonstration, a drone slowly descended from the sky carrying important cargo while a dog-like robot stood by to pick it up. Dr. Jamey Jacob explained that they were showcasing how an emergency blood delivery from a hospital to the field could be carried out using drones and robots. The process involved a team of drone pilots and robot experts, but the ultimate goal is to make the process entirely automated.

Dr. Jacob emphasized the importance of first responders having access to these tools in their toolkit, highlighting the significance of pushing technology forward in Tulsa. The Tulsa Fire Department has been using similar technology for nearly a decade, with drone pilot Gabriel Graveline sharing that the use of drones for tasks like blood delivery could be life-saving. Graveline, a 17-year firefighter, expressed his belief in the potential of this technology to enhance the resources available to first responders in a variety of emergency situations.

The Tulsa Fire Department is currently developing a program that would enable drones to autonomously respond to scenes ahead of fire crews, providing crucial information about what to expect. This proactive use of technology is seen as a significant step forward in improving emergency response capabilities and ultimately saving lives.

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