Public safety officials demonstrate best practice at New York state UAS summit

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and NUAIR hosted the fifth annual New York State Public Safety UAS Summit last week, which drew over 200 public safety officials to the Central New York area. Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) can and are being utilized by public safety to make operations more efficient and help save lives. This event gave public safety officials updates on current regulations, flight best practices and provided live drone demonstrations of multiple products designed specifically to help public safety operations.

The first day of the summit was held in the auditorium of Whitesboro High School and included presentations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NUAIR, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a public safety panel with state and local officials. Day two of the summit, hosted by NUAIR at Griffiss International Airport in Rome included 20 UAS vendors and live demonstrations showcasing the latest technologies designed specifically for public safety operations.

DHSES and NUAIR have trained over 2,000 public safety officials in UAS operations at the New York State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) in Oriskany. DHSES offers four UAS operations courses that educate state and local public safety officials, including first responders, on how to integrate drones into their operations: UAS Awareness, Part 107 Preparation, UAS Operations, and UAS Operations at Night. All courses are taught by a team of instructors from the SPTC, NUAIR, New York State Police, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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