Hastings-Quinte emergency services is continuing to work toward the possible use of drones in its emergency work throughout the region.
Acting chief of emergency services John O’Donnell told the joint EMS committee today that earlier this week he and the chief of Renfrew County Paramedic Service made a presentation to the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa on the use of drones.
O’Donnell says Renfrew had an incident in which a man working in the logging industry rolled a skidder over on himself in the woods.
O’Donnell says paramedics are being trained on the use side-by-side ATV in remote rural areas in phase one of DART – Difficult Access Response Team – and he expects phase two will be the drone.
Quinte West Councillor Dave McCue questioned whether or not these drones would pose a risk since police forces and other agencies use them as well.
Hastings County CAO Jim Pine pointed out that the federal government will be involved in regulating drones.