FIRST iZ drone intended to aid first responders in Texas

  • Source: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler
  • Published: 10/08/2020 12:00 AM

A technology company out of Tyler called FIRST iZ creates drones to help aid first responders during emergency situations within a minute’s notice. CEO, Phil Burks explains how these drones can benefit first responders. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) also known as a drone, can provide situational awareness for first responders when they head towards a scene and can send visuals before arriving to an incident scene. “We can take this drone, fly it in there, within a minute of 9-1-1 knowing it can take off, get there, get down on the deck, sniff the air, find out do we need hazmat in there first, or what do we need. It’s going to save time, save lives, and save money.” The UAV’s has been in the works for nearly three years and with roughly 1000 test flights. Burks says its completely autonomous. “We can click one button and autonomously have them take off, and fly missions, come back, land on their own and then they go back into the port and ready for the next mission.”


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