The New York City Fire Department is looking into the possibilities of using drones as a faster option to deliver blood supplies to accident sites than traditional road transportation.
The details of the plan were revealed in a sharp story by StateScoop, quoting NYC officials involved with the project. The main idea is for a specialized app to be used by first responders to order blood supplies they need to care for victims at accident, fire, or disaster sites. Those would then be immediately collected at dedicated centers by nearby FDNY UAV pilots, who’d then fly them to the emergency locales.
The scheme would replace what are currently phoned-in requests for plasma, which are generally driven to public safety workers where they’re needed. That method, of course, is forever at risk of being slowed by traffic blockages, especially as vehicles near the often chaotic rescue venues.
To avoid landings complicated by obstructions, the system would either…