Learn to Use Drones for Search and Rescue
Drones have proven themselves to be a valuable tool for public safety departments conducting search and rescue operations. They can be deployed quickly and effectively in response to a time sensitive missing person situation. This Workshop will teach you how to safely and effectively maneuver your aircraft to conduct search and rescue operations.View Available Classes
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Introduction to Drones
- Public Safety Applications
- Airspace Review
- Authorization and Waivers
- Drone Components & Functions
- Intro to the DJI Go App
Flight Session 1Introduction to sUAS Flight
- sUAS Preflight Checklists
- Sensor & Compass Calibration
- Launch Site Evaluation & Setup
- Weather Considerations
- Go / No Go Decision Making
Flight Session 2Checklist Utilization
Advanced sUAS Capabilities
- Basic Maintenance Procedures
- Advanced Flight Modes
- Return to Home Function
- Responding to sUAS Emergencies
- Lost Link Procedures
Flight Session 3Emergency Procedures
- Creating Waypoint Missions
- Best Mapping Techniques
- Crew Coordination
- Communication Procedures
- Pilot in Command Responsibilites
Flight Session 4Waypoints and Mapping
sUAS Search and Rescue Operations
- Tactical vs. Strategic Search
- Platform & Payload Selection
- Types of Search Patterns
- Optimizing the Flight Profile
- Search Pattern Execution
Flight Session 5Manual & Automatic Search Patterns
- Psychology of Lost Persons
- Terrain & Weather Impacts
- Searching with Video vs. Still Imagery
- Coordinating with Other Assets
- Standard Operating Procedures
Flight Session 6SAR Scenerio
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Our Public Safety Flight Instructors
Our instructors are police officer, fire fighters, and EMTs with real expertise to teach you to launch drones in your department.
Michael is an active Sergeant with a public safety department in Florida, where he is cross-trained as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, and EMT. He has extensive aviation expertise with a degree in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle, a commercial pilot certificate with single engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings, and 17 years of experience building and flying remote controlled aircraft.
Roger became interested in drone aviation soon after retiring from a 25- year career in the fire service. He served as a firefighter with the Nashua, NH Fire Rescue, and as a member of the Hazmat & dive rescue teams. He is a licensed sport pilot and Certified Level 1 Thermographer. Roger enjoys training public service departments & assisting them with the implementation of UAS into their organizations as well as using drones to film at live events.
Chris for the past twenty-eight years has worked in the EMS field focusing on EMS Special Operations and Emergency Management. He is also a member of a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team and started using drone technology in their operations. Chris has been interested in aviation his entire life and received his pilot’s license in 2010.
Search and Rescue Workshop FAQs
I am new to drones. Is this the right course for me?
The Rapid Daytime Aerial Search and Rescue Workshop is designed as a course to get police and fire fighters started with drones. You do not need to already know how to fly a drone or already have taken your Part 107 exam. This course has pulled the most relevant information for first responders from our Drone Pilot Training course and our Part 107 Test Prep course while also covering Rapid Daytime Aerial Search and Rescue on the last day.
Will this class be limited to Public Safety teams and first responders?
This Workshop is designed as a way to get police officers, fire fighters, and first responders interested in implementing a drone program together to learn from each other.
Will the Workshop be hosted in more cities in the future?
We may continue to add Rapid Daytime Aerial Search and Rescue Workshops throughout the country as we get interest in different regions. Contact our sales team to discuss setting up a Workshop in your area.
All of our Workshops are also available to be taught as a private group training for an enterprise or government entity.
Can my department host this workshop as a private group training?
Yes! DARTdrones specializes in training events held at a police or fire department. Contact our sales team to get your department trained.
How many students are in the class?
The Rapid Daytime Aerial Search and Rescue Workshops may have between 6 – 16 first responders in the course. For every 8 students, we will add an additional instructor to ensure ample flight time for participants.
Do I need to bring a drone to the class?
Our instructor will provide a drone for you to fly in the class.
How much flight time is in the class?
This Workshop features 6 flight sessions scattered throughout the three days. We will rotate indoor to outdoor.
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