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TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DRONE AVAILABLE FOR STATEWIDE DEPLOYMENT

FEBRUARY 1, 2018 A NEW SEARCH AND RESCUE DRONE ACQUIRED BY THE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DEPLOYMENT ANYWHERE IN TEXAS WHEN NEEDED. THE DJI INSPIRE 2 DRONE WAS ACQUIRED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENTS “GEAR UP FOR GAME WARDENS” PROGRAM. THE DRONE IS EQUIPPED WITH CAMERAS THAT CAN FEED LIVE HIGH-DEFINITION VIDEO TO A TELEVISION. WITH A RANGE OF FOUR MILES THE INSPIRE 2 DRONE HAS A SPEED OF 58 MILES PER HOUR AND CAN REACH 50 MILES PER HOUR IN FIVE SECONDS. THE DEPARTMENT PLANS TO USE THE DRONE IN REMOTE AREAS DURING SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS AND IN THE WAKE OF NATURAL DISASTERS. THE NEED FOR SUCH A DEVICE CAME IN THE WAKE OF THE 2015 WIMBERLEY FLOODING AND HURRICANE HARVEY. OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL ALSO USE THE DRONE TO SPOT POTENTIAL HAZARDS AHEAD OF A RESCUE TEAM EFFORT. IT WILL EQUIP TEXAS GAME WARDEN FIRST RESPONDERS WITH THE ABILITY TO IDENTIFY DANGERS SUCH AS SWIFT WATER, DOWNED POWER LINES AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. IDENTIFYING THE THREATS IN ADVANCE WILL ALLOW FOR GREATER SAFETY FOR VICTIMS AS WELL AS GAME WARDENS. THE DRONE WILL BE BASED IN TEMPLE BUT CAN BE DEPLOYED STATEWIDE. IT IS HOPED THAT EVENTUALLY ALL EIGHT LAW ENFORCEMENT REGIONS ACROSS TEXAS CAN BE EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A SEARCH AND RESCUE DRONE. HEADQUARTERED IN SHENZHEN IN SOUTHEAST CHINA DJI IS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF SUCH TECHNOLOGY IN COMMERCIAL AND NON PROFIT APPLICATIONS. DJI EQUIPMENT IS USED IN MOVIE MAKING, AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION, SEARCH AND RESCUE, ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER APPLICATIONS. GRAY COUNTY IS IN TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DISTRICT 2 WHICH ENCOMPASSES THE TEXAS PANHANDLE, SOUTH PLAINS AND A PART OF THE PERMIAN BASIN.

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P.O. Box 1779

Pampa, Texas 79065

Phone: 806-669-6809

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