Flirtey, a drone delivery service, has teamed up with an ambulance company to launch the first drone defibrillator service in the United States. The company’s drones will be used for sending out defibrillators and other emergency equipment by air in situations where they’re required. This partnership with the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority will allow responders to dispatch an automated external defibrillator by air.

As a result of this partnership, responders will be able to dispatch an external defibrillator by air in addition to ambulance dispatches for every emergency call for a cardiac arrest.

The rapid drone deployment program combines Flirtey’s flight-planning software technology with the ambulance company’s patient care and transport programs. The aim of this program is to improve response times, particularly in locations where traffic can often be a hurdle in the arrival of paramedics on the scene.

This joint delivery program will enable a person on the scene to use the defibrillator on the person going into cardiac arrest before the paramedics arrive. The equipment has been designed in a way that it can be used by anyone, even those who don’t have a health care of emergency background.

“This is one of the most important uses of drone-delivery technology, and we believe that by democratizing access to this lifesaving aid, our technology will save more than a million lives over the decades to come,” said Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny.

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