Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services is hoping to take to the skies later this year.
The local service is in a partnership with Renfrew county in the federal government research program in using drones for paramedic services.
Chief of Paramedic Services Doug Socha says it could also involve the smart glasses that the local agency is already testing.
He says the paramedic could be “looking through the smart glasses and actually be seeing the drone as it’s flying.
The first step in the drone program is happening in Renfrew County.
Socha says the drones could be used to give emergency services an enhanced view of an emergency.
The local service has also applied to the federal government to be part of the separate smart glasses research program.
Socha says his unit has one set of glasses and is having some success with it.
He is is waiting to see if the federal government approves the application for funding this summer or fall so serious research can be undertaken.