The 2023 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Conference brings together prominent leaders in fire and emergency response. Of the suppliers and products featured, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, are among the newest and most anticipated tools.
Fire-rescue services have benefitted from improved situational awareness, increased preparedness, and better fireground management with UAVs and drones. Agencies seeking to incorporate this coveted technology might encounter a lengthy RFP process and delays to implementation.
With departmental resources stretched thin, fire chiefs have turned to Sourcewell’s cooperative purchasing process to efficiently procure drone technology. As Your FireRescue GPO, Sourcewell prides itself on a competitive, fair and transparent contract process. Pre-solicited cooperative contracts allow departments quick access to in-demand products, like drone technology, without starting the RFP process from scratch—providing fire chiefs with choice, while saving them time and resources.
“We understand how valuable time is in this industry,” says Andrew McKinney, VP of Sales for Unmanned Vehicle Technologies. “Our drone technology and equipment are designed to give firefighters greater situational awareness on the fire ground when seconds count. And with Sourcewell, agencies can access our technology with fewer hurdles.”
UAV solutions provide enhanced levels of visibility, GIS mapping capabilities, and data collection to pre-plan an incident. In the field, commanders can use drones to access real-time conditions, locate personnel, and evaluate risks for a more effective response.
“As a Sourcewell awarded supplier, our customers have an edge. They’re able to get innovative technology into their department—and into operation—faster,” says Ryan English, CEO of FLYMOTION.
Soaring to new heights, together.
Be sure to visit the BWU Technology Partnerships Initiative website to learn more about how our NEOFIX program drives economic growth, promotes policy and infrastructure to improve drone safety and efficiency in various industries, and ensures that drone technology is being used responsibly.