Drone outpaces ambulance with AED delivery

A Canadian drone company finished phase one of a trial to determine if using drones can reduce response times when delivering AEDs


By EMS1 Staff

ONTARIO — A Canadian drone company has determined that using drones reduces the response time to deliver AEDs to patients. 

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) worked with Peel Region Paramedics in the Township of Caledon on simulated emergency calls to test the capabilities of DDC’s Sparrow drone equipped with an AED, Unmanned Aerial reported. When times were compared with traditional ambulance delivery, the drone delivery arrived on-site ahead of traditional response every time.

When times were compared with traditional ambulance delivery, the drone delivery arrived on-site ahead of traditional response every time. (Photo/U.S. Fire Administration)
When times were compared with traditional ambulance delivery, the drone delivery arrived on-site ahead of traditional response every time. (Photo/U.S. Fire Administration)

“This partnership between DDC and Peel Regional Paramedic Services is groundbreaking,” Michael Zahra, CEO of DDC, said. “The program utilizes DDC’s proprietary drone delivery platform to enable rapid first responder technology via drone with the goal to reduce response time and potentially save lives. We look forward to the next phase to bring this vertical closer to commercialization.”

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