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Chris Grazioso FEMA Search and Rescue Team

Massachusetts
  • Drone Instructor Hours:

    176

  • Manned Aviation Experience:

    8 years

  • Pilot Rating:

    Private Pilot- Single engine, Land; Remote Pilot

  • Expertise:

    Public safety, search and rescue, FLIR, night operations

Chris has worked in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field for 30 years. He primarily focuses on EMS special operations and emergency management and has helped develop multiple drone programs. He serves as the Lead Drone Pilot for an EMS agency, a police tactical team, and for FEMA’s urban search and rescue team. Chris uses drones for pre-mission planning, real-time situational awareness, search and rescue, suspect tracking, aerial imagery and mapping, and damage assessments.

A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Chris flies with his family and friends all over New England, including an annual flight to the ice runway in Alton Bay, New Hampshire. He has piloted two cross-country flights from Boston to Alaska, and Boston to Florida in a Piper Warrior aircraft. He usually flies Warriors and Cessna Skyhawks, but also holds a High Performance and Complex endorsement and occasionally flies Piper Arrows and Cessna Skylanes.

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