The DroneResponders Public Safety Alliance has launched a Technical Experts Program (TEP) to assist public safety and emergency services professionals and agencies who require first-hand subject matter expertise in deploying and managing their drone programs.
Speaking at the North Carolina Drone Summit, DroneResponders director Charles Werner announced the creation of the TEP to a crowd of public safety and drone industry professionals.
He said the TEP will start off with more than 50 Technical Experts who have committed to serve and are in the process of being activated on the DroneResponders website and discussion forum.
Werner explained: “I am very excited about the start of our Technical Experts Program. Each of these individuals have been vetted as subject matter experts in specific areas pertaining to public safety drone operations. They will now share their knowledge with other first responders who are operating UAS.”
The Technical Experts (TE’s) will cover specific topics surrounding public safety UAS operations such as active shooter situations, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, emergency airspace authorizations, and HAZMAT responses.
Werner says DroneResponders will continue to add new TE’s to the program as additional subject matter experts emerge.
The responsibilities of the TE’s will include participation in the discussion forums, news blog, webinars, events and other activities as their schedules permit.
He added: “We expect the DroneResponders Technical Experts to become regarding as the rock stars of the public safety UAS sector. These go-to specialists will help solve unique and complex challenges surrounding public safety drone operations,” says Werner. “Public safety agencies have a long tradition of helping one another, and the DRONERESPONDERS program will carry that legacy forward with the TEP.”
DroneResponders also announced the addition of five new members to their Board of Advisors.
They will serve both as advisors to, and ambassadors for, the DroneResponders program.