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Public Safety UAS Incident Command – Flight Operations

Public Safety UAS Incident Command – Flight Operations

There is so much to learn about how to conduct UAS public safety flight operations in a way that can give you the best chance of achieving your mission goals.

Flying gets especially tricky when you find yourself flying with other departments or in a multiagency situation. However, your chance of mission success can be greatly enhanced through organization and structure.

In this class, Chief Ed Barrett, a Wake Forest Fire Department Battalion Chief and Incident Command System guru will help to educate students about incident organization and why defining roles is critical to better outcomes. I have the pleasure of regularly flying with Chief Barrett. I’m a lucky guy.

In the class, we talk about the roles and responsibilities of the pilot, assistant pilot, operations commander, incident commander, and ground search teams.

Students learn why the aircraft we fly are not magic wands and that the best results are experienced as a team of both ground-based and air-based assets when it comes to search-and-rescue.

In this class, that’s what we focused on, search-and-rescue but the lessons shared will apply to many situations.

Some of the key skills students learn are prioritizing distractions, working together, a common search strategy, utilizing ground teams, and most importantly, decision making.

The first time we taught this class the feedback was very kind. One student said, “It was a truly an exceptional class! Crisscrossing the country, I’ve paid for classes that did not come within a fraction of what I experienced over this past weekend!! The curriculum you put together is what the industry needs! I gained additional flight ops experience and learned even more operational experience. I would like to learn more and become more involved.”

Multiple Downloads Available – Attendees will have access to my multiple reference documents to download to help you construct your class.

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About Steve Rhode

Steve is an experienced and certificated UAS pilot and aircraft instrument rated pilot. He is also the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy.
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