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Donated Drone to Help Starr Co. Sheriff’s Office be More Efficient

RIO GRANDE CITY – A Rio Grande Valley law enforcement agency believes they’ll be more efficient in their mission to serve and protect.

Starr County is known for its proximity to the border and brushy ranchlands. These can and do pose challenges to law enforcement when they’re trying to find people.

Monday’s donated equipment can help virtually eliminate some of those obstacles.

Weapons and manpower are currently among the Starr County Sheriff’s Office arsenal. Even then, it’s not always enough when every second counts.

“Looking for individuals that are lost in the wooded area, like in the brush, floaters in the river, kids that are missing,” says Sheriff Rene Fuentes.

Sheriff Rene Fuentes’s office is adopting the new tool. “Like having eyes in the sky,” he says.

“We kind of design ours as a quick-deploy. So, in thirty seconds you’re up in the air and able to get on the scene,” explained Jeff Powell, vice president of Autel Robotics.

The drone is from the National Public Safety Drone Donation Program, or NPSDDP, who received the equipment from Autel Robotics.

After a year and a half of helping agencies receive this tool, the NPSDDP chose its first law enforcement agency and the first also along the border.

“Quite frankly, a lot of people can try to cross the border and sadly get lost or die in the desert. That was part of the request made by Officer Rios; he stressed that. And there are some areas in here that are prone to flooding. So, having situational awareness with the drone like that would really benefit the community,” says Mark Langley, founder of National Public Safety Drone Donation Program.

Starr County did see a high number of migrants crossing the border. Some didn’t make it. The drone can help lessen the number of casualties.

“A lot of the times when we have a body, it’s very hard to get to. With the help of this drone, we’d be able to pin-point maybe an easier access road or a better waterway to get to that body,” says Lt. Erasmo Rios, Jr.

The drone is equipped with GPS and thermal imaging to help find people anywhere, day or night.

“For example, if they were flying and saw a suspect and got over and looked down, snapped a picture, they’d know coordinates-wise where that suspect was, or body, or whatever the case may be. They have the ability to broadcast live,” added Langley.

Starr County may be on the border, but domestic crime will also be in the drone’s sights.

“This will help us process the scene, get an aerial view of exactly what the back of the house looks like. And in tactical operations as well, if we need to encompass a residence, rather than just having boots on the ground and seeing it from four different angles we’ll actually have the aerial view of it which will definitely help us in our planning phase,” says Rios.

The office received the drone and the drone lighting completely free of charge.

Although they receive help from federal agencies, they hope this will help make them more independent and faster in responding to call across their county.

Another benefit to the drone, the product maker spokesperson says it won’t automatically shut off when it approaches restricted air space.

GLENDORA FIRE COMPANY TO RECEIVE DRONE DONATION

GLENDORA FIRE COMPANY TO RECEIVE DRONE DONATION

GLENDORA FIRE COMPANY TO RECEIVE DRONE DONATION

Posted: Nov 16, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

On December 7th. 2018 at 1:00 pm the National Public Safety Drone Donation Program
and New Jersey American Water will be at the Glendora fire station to present this
new life saving technology to the fire company.

Airborne Works founded and introduced a drone donation program whereby public
safety departments nationwide may apply to receive UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)
at no cost. Requests can be made through www.nps-ddp.org
The availability of UAV / UAS technology can often mean the difference between life
and death, measured in seconds and minutes in emergency situations. With the high
cost of this technology, many public safety departments across the country cannot
afford to purchase the equipment and therefore go without. Airborne Works hopes to
alleviate this challenge and help to put “eyes in the sky for every department in
need.”
The Glendora Volunteer Fire Company is always looking for new ways to provide our
residents and surrounding communities with exceptional service.
We invite you to attend this event and see the capabilities of this new technology. It
will be held at the Glendora Fire Station Located @ 22 Eighth Avenue, Glendora NJ
08029, starting @1:00pm followed by a demonstration. On hand will be
representatives from New Jersey American Water, Airborne Works and firefighters
from the fire company.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview
please call Chief Michael Ricciardelli or e-mail the Chief @ chief8101@comcast.net

Media Contact

Contact Person: Michael Ricciardelli, Fire Chief
Email: chief8101@comcast.net
Phone: 609-929-9206

Airborne Works Introduces,NPS-DDP

Airborne Works Introduces,NPS-DDP

Airborne Works Introduces,NPS-DDP: National Public Safety Drone Donation
Program. First of its kind in the UAV /UAS Public safety industry

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 7:30 AM EDT

CONNECTICUT, August 2, 2018,

Airborne Works founded and introduced a drone donation program whereby public safety departments nationwide may apply to receive UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) equipment at no cost. There is no limit to the type of equipment or cost a department may request. Requests may be made through www.nps-ddp.org.

Airborne Works is looking to partner with drone manufacturers and repair facilities as well as individual drone owners who are willing to donate equipment, services or financial support to the program. Donated equipment must meet basic minimum hardware requirements and will be thoroughly tested and repaired by Airborne Works before being given to a public safety department.

The availability of UAV / UAS technology can often mean the difference between life and death, measured in seconds and minutes in emergency situations. With the high cost of this technology, many public safety departments across the country cannot afford to purchase the equipment and therefore go without. Airborne Works hopes to alleviate this challenge and help to put “eyes in the sky for every department in need.” ™

“Please help spread the word as we feel for those departments in need of UAV technology, ” Langley explains. “ As a custom UAV solutions provider, my company Airborne Works has a view from the inside of this growth  ndustry. At times I feel some UAV asset manufactures treat our public safety agencies like a cash cow, and frankly, that bothers me! I wanted to do something about it and NPS-DDP is it! Every community in this country benefits from the selfless deeds of our public safety officials who risk their lives to save ours or our property! We know there are many grateful persons and corporations that will support the NPS-DDP initiative through sponsorships and private voluntary donations. 100% of that will go to fund our efforts to keep putting “eyes in the sky for every department in need TM ” One donation at a time. “

About the Company

A professional drone company headquartered in Connecticut with operations in Charleston SC and soon California, Airborne Works offers professional drone services, including digital data collections services, aerial cinematography imaging, 3D modeling / mapping services including thermal. An authorized national dealer of FLIR thermal imaging equipment and Leica geospatial Lidar scanners as well as other high tech UAV / UAS solutions.

Media Contact

Company Name: Airborne Works
Contact Person: Marc Langley
Email: admin@nps-ddp.org
Phone: +1 (669) 235-9482
State: CT.
Country: United States
Website: www.nps-ddp.org