PRESS RELEASE – November 7, 2017 The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and DJI Partner to Expand the Use of Drone Technology for Public Safety and Emergency Response.

Published on Nov 08, 2017 at 09:11a.m.

News Release:

The Fire District now has partnerships with Drone manufacturers and developers Matternet, Intel and DJI. Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said, “we are fortunate to be located in the heart of Silicon Valley  and in a position to fully use, explore and guide this game changing technology for the benefit of public safety and emergency response. In the last year we have operated our Drones during floods in Northern California, Hurricanes in Texas and Florida and Timber fires in Yosemite and in the aftermath of the largest urban conflagration ever, that struck the City of Santa Rosa”.

The Fire District that provides essential fire and emergency services to the Town of Atherton, Cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park and Unincorporated San Mateo County areas like North Fair Oaks and on contract to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratories and is also one of the Nation’s elite Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces.


Photograph 2276 – Menlo Fire Captain Chris Dennebaum (left) and Romeo Durscher with DJI (right) train together using DJI Drones at the Fire Districts Training Center near the Dumbarton Bridge.


Photograph 1109 – Cutting DJI Camera Technology allows Firefighters to see through smoke assisted by the new DJI/FLIR Zenmuse XT camera and Flighthub software.

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