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Drones to be First Responders for Biological and Chemical Incidents

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When a chemical or biological accident or attack occurs, first responders are often in danger of being exposed to harmful or deadly toxins.

The recent nerve-agent attack conducted against a former Russian spy and his daughter at a British pub reportedly left as many as 21 first responders and bystanders in hospital. One responding officer, Detective Sgt. Nick Bailey, is still being treated in intensive care, nearly two weeks after the attack occured.

The chemical used during the attack was revealed to be novichok, a rare and extremely deadly poision formerly manufactured in the Soviet Union.

Emergencies involving toxic substances, chemical spills or leakages are always difficult situations to tackle for authorities. While hazmat suits and breathing apparatuses can somewhat protect authorities, in some situations people simply need to keep their distance.

Police in hazmat suits examine the Salisbury park where a former Russian spy and his daughter were deliberately poisoned last week.

The solution?

A team of European scientists believe drones might be a key part of keeping first responders out of harms way. After all, why put people at risk when robots can do it?

The ROCSAFE project, based out of Galway, Ireland aims to: “change how chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear or explosive (CBRNE) events are assessed, in order to and ensure the safety of crime scene investigators by reducing the need for them to enter high-risk scenes.”

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