Emergency Services

Lowland Rescue expands with new head of drone regulations role

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Lowland Rescue has continued to expand its offering, doing so most recently with the appointment of David Walters. Walters has been appointed to a newly created role and will operate as the head of drone regulations, a move Lowland Rescue says will work to recognise the seriousness and important of safe and legal operations. He is employed by Altitude Angel as head of strategic programmes and currently leads the work conducted in the CAA Innovation Sandbox, while also managing opportunities such as the Government-funded Future Flight call. As a drone operations professional with specialist knowledge of a wide range of
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VIDEO: Drone tech helps police catch mustard gas bomb criminals

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Police in Lincolnshire have released footage of a drone helping the force catch people dumping mustard gas bombs. It explained how the people have been given a jail sentence for disposing of them in a Lincolnshire Lake. With a drone involved as part of the operation, Lincolnshire Police explained how it sparked the largest multi-agency response of its kind over 11 days. Quoting the tweet, the Lincolnshire Police drone team explained how the incident involved six continuous days of flying. It helped support multiple agencies with complex cordon security, EOD recovery monitoring as well as evidence gathering. See the footage
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EXCLUSIVE: Skybound Rescuer’s Gemma Alcock on her drone journey

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Gemma Alcock, founder and CEO of Skybound Rescuer, has given CDP insight into her route into the drone market. Also director of Air Operations for Lowland Rescue, as part of the May Special Report on Emergency Services, Alcock gave detail of experience and statistics that have guided her to the position she is in today. She explained: “My journey into the drone world was very much research-led. For my dissertation project at Bournemouth University in 2014 I had to choose an industry or organisation to research to find areas in which they struggle; to subsequently define that problem then solve
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INSIGHT: Running a police drone program with the Alliance Drone Team

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Commercial Drone Professional is taking a look into drones and the emergency services this month. As part of the Special Report in May, CDP spoke to Sergeant James Rees, the Alliance Drone Team manager in Devon and Cornwall. This is his insight into what it takes to run a drone program: He writes: “When I joined the team in 2018, my predecessor (along with two other officers, including my current Senior Pilot), had done a fantastic job of establishing the programme. They began by running a pilot project which involved the purchase of a DJI Inspire drone, they wrote an
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Drone operation for hospital pandemic response launches in the US

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Novant Health, a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system headquartered in North Carolina, has launched America's first emergency drone logistics operation by a hospital for its pandemic response. The launch was made possible through a partnership with Zipline, the world's only national scale, on-demand logistics service, which will provide drone flight services. The FAA granted Novant Health a Part 107 waiver to begin operation, which is being launched as part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT's) Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The operation provides contactless distribution of personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies to Novant Health frontline
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AV8 makes EASA drone courses available to emergency services on not-for-profit basis

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AV8 has made its General VLOS Certificate (GVC) conversion drone course available on a not-for-profit basis to anyone who flies drones for the emergency services. The course, which includes both the GVC and A2 Certificate of Competence (A2 CofC), is part of the UK’s adoption of a harmonised European framework for drones. That harmonisation is set to come into force on November 1, 2020. Jon Anderson, CEO of AV8, said: “It’s difficult to overstate the contribution made by the women and men of the emergency services; if the past several months has shown us anything, it’s that their dedication and
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EXCLUSIVE: Sergeant Kevin Taylor’s insight on getting the Lincs Police drone program off the ground

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Speaking to CDP as part of this month’s Special Report on drones and emergency services, Sergeant Kevin Taylor, chief pilot of the Lincolnshire Police Drone Unit, gave an insight into what it meant to get a drone operation of the ground. Here, he comments on some of the challenges and gives insight to what is crucial to get right when setting it up. Taylor explains: “Fortunately, the project ran relatively smoothly although it is imperative you get the right candidates for the role. Remote Pilots are selected based on their enthusiasm and dedication to the team and that determination really
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