Revolutionizing Emergency Response: Drones and Robotics Transform Tulsa First Responder Operations

Technology Demonstrated to Aid First Responders in Disaster Situations

Emergency responders in Tulsa are being introduced to new technology that could revolutionize the way they save lives. A demonstration at OSU Tulsa showcased drones and robotic dogs responding to emergencies. The Tulsa Fire Department is already utilizing drones and robots, but the technology is constantly evolving. First responders are eager to stay ahead and adapt to potential changes in emergency response practices.

During the demonstration, a drone slowly descended from the sky with a dog-like robot ready to retrieve cargo. Dr. Jamey Jacob explained that the purpose was to show how emergency blood delivery could be done from a hospital directly to the field. The process requires a team of experts in drone piloting and robotics, with the goal of making it fully automated.

Dr. Jacob of the Oklahoma Aerospace Institute emphasized the importance of pushing the technology forward in Tulsa. He believes that every first responder will eventually have access to these tools, making it a game-changer for emergency situations. The TFD has been using similar technology for almost a decade, allowing them to cover more ground with fewer resources.

TFD drone pilot Gabriel Graveline highlighted the potential benefits of using drones for tasks like blood delivery. Having been a firefighter for 17 years, he understands the value of sending robots into dangerous situations instead of risking human lives. The Tulsa Fire Department is currently developing a program that will enable drones to respond autonomously to scenes, providing crucial information to fire crews before they arrive.

Graveline is optimistic about the future of technology in emergency response

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