RENO, Nev. (FOX 13) - Drones may soon deliver life-saving treatments to heart attack patients.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given Reno, Nevada and the Flirtey company permission to fly drones out of sight. Pilots control flights from remote locations as they deliver defibrillators to people suffering with heart attacks.
A 9-1-1 dispatcher will talk people through how to use the device. The goal is to have resources made available before paramedics arrive.
“This is very important because this is about saving lives, and drone delivery, obviously, is sort of the next innovation in saving lives and merging that with medical assistance,” explained Hillary Schieve, the mayor of Reno.
Matthew Sweeny, founder and CEO of Flirtey, said “drone delivery is the future of an on-demand delivery.
“This brings all of us another step closer to drone’s routinely saving lives by delivering defibrillators to people in need. We like to thank President Trump for making the drone age a reality in America,” he said.
Flirtey’s drone carries heavier loads on long distance flights, the company said. The service is expected to start in 2020.