$100,000 Committed to Saving Lives with Drones
DARTdrones Public Safety Grant
The DARTdrones Public Safety Grant offers funding towards drone training for police and fire departments hoping to learn to utilize drones. We at DARTdrones are committed to increasing the number of lives saved using drones and the best way to achieve this goal is to help more public safety departments get started with drones. We know adding drones to your public safety operations can be complex. We are here to give your department the resources and training needed to successfully implement this industry-altering technology.
The DARTdrones Public Safety Grant provides full or partial funding to departments for courses such as Part 107 Test Prep Training, Basic Flight Training, Real World Flight Planning & Execution Program and private, on-site public safety drone training.
The DARTdrones team has awarded over $400,000 in drone training grant funds to 187+ police and fire departments in Round One and Two of the grant program. During Round Three, the team will continue helping department’s across the country get the appropriate training to save more lives with drones. DARTdrones is working with other drone software and services companies to expand the reach and offerings of this grant.
Round Three is currently closed.
DARTdrones is the national leader in drone training, consultation, and expert support for new drone pilots. Our mission is to provide the highest quality training on Unmanned Aerial Systems to ensure the safe integration of drones into the national airspace. DARTdrones has assisted dozens of police and fire departments with implementing drone programs through training and consultation. Our team is dedicated to helping public safety departments be able to save lives through the use of drones.
Our Public Safety Instructors
Roger HallRetired Firefighter
After spending 25 years as a firefighter and a member of both hazmat and dive rescue teams, Roger became interested in drone aviation. He is a licensed sport pilot and Certified Level 1 Thermographer who enjoys flying weight shift control aircraft. Roger uses drones to film live events and trains public service departments while helping them implement drones into their organizations.Close Profile
Paul MathesonCommercial Helicopter Pilot
Paul loved aviation, particularly helicopters, at an early age. He interned with a Salt Lake City Air Medical company, helping justify the need for additional aircraft and flight teams in the region. He eventually became a commercial helicopter pilot, receiving his instrument rating while studying for an aviation degree. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in Aviation Adminstration. He is as an operations control center manager for an air medical company. When Paul isn’t flying or working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Chris GraziosoFEMA Search and Rescue Team
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.Close Profile
Jim O’KeefeSergeant Milford Police Department
Jim is a manned pilot who owns a Cessna 172. He’s been involved in aviation for 40 years. He holds the Single Engine Land, Instrument Ratings as well as the Remote Pilot certificate. He began flying sUAS when he realized their potential in the public safety sector.
As a 20 year member of his police department, he holds the rank of Sergeant responsible for the training division for his department. He designed and implemented the sUAS program for his city. He wrote the SOP’s, secured the COA’s and necessary FAA waivers that allow operation in the tightly controlled airspace.
He and his three Remote Pilots have used their aircraft for water rescue, crime scene documentation, accident investigations, and lost people searches.Close Profile