Falck says it will make manned drones an “integral” part of its fire and emergency medical services and that sometime soon, those who need help will be met by paramedics flying in drones.
The Denmark-based company says that will happen before 2025.
“We are developing new technology, medicine and treatments for our future ambulances,” President and CEO Jakob Riis said in a statement. “The challenge is that they will also be an expensive resource. That is why we see a need for a more flexible response, for example with a drone manned with a paramedic, who can assess the situation and request an ambulance if need be.”
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The company said self-driving cars and drones are changing the ways emergency medical services think and operate.
Falck said it is “in dialogue” with several leading drone suppliers to find a tech partner.
“Falck is not going to develop the technology, but will focus on adapting drones to emergency response,” said Riis. “Our aim is to find out how and when the technology may be used in the future emergency response services.”
Several customers have already expressed interest in the project, the company said.
Falck operates in 30 countries and has approximately 25,000 employees.