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The desert climate and complex landscape at the outskirts of Mesa offers outdoor goers breathtaking escapes ideal for hiking and mountain biking. As with any other desert landscape, the appeal of Mesa’s untamed environment comes with its own set of dangers and cautionary tales. Out of the average 5000-plus incidents the Mesa Fire and Medical Department responds to every month, many require dedicated search and rescue missions through its trails and rugged terrain.

First responders at the MFMD have found a new tool for their teams to perform with improved efficiency, safety, and efficacy. Drone technology not only presents a new way to activate communication during operation, but extends the Wilderness First Responder’s ability to save lives.


DJI’s new Mavic 2 Enterprise is the most compact drone ever built for enterprise and public safetyapplications. Weighing in at only 2 pounds (905 g), the Mavic 2 Enterprise performs with the superior mobility essential for search and rescue efforts, where seconds saved means the difference between life and death.

The Mavic 2 Enterprise provides the most practical and comprehensive solution for emergency response scenarios. First responders and rescuers are able to carry the drone on person in a bag or belt, and can deploy the drone immediately on arrival, saving time for critical tasks like proper assessment of Injuries (MOI) and Evacuation Planning. With self-heating batteries, the drone allows rescuers to operate with optimum efficiency through near freezing and sub-zero temperatures, which is critical for rescue missions conducted through rugged deserted terrain.


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