Skyfire Consulting's new drone response network is meant to allow public safety agencies to have...

Skyfire Consulting's new drone response network is meant to allow public safety agencies to have easier access to certified drone pilots.

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Skyfire Consulting, a public safety unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) consulting group, announced the launch of Skyfire Response Network. It's a collection of public safety-certified UAS pilots who can be deployed for remote pilot work, emergency response efforts, and training classes across the country.

Eyes in the Sky

In order to fly a drone, operators must pass a certification test. The Skyfire Response Network contains information for people who have passed that test. The network builds upon Skyfire’s Drone First Responder (DFR) platform - with the ultimate goal that every public safety agency in the country should be able to get a bird's eye view of an emergency scene within 3 minutes of a 911 call.

Response Network Requirements

Initial requirements to join Skyfire Response Network include an FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate, along with a public safety certification - either as a certified law enforcement officer, firefighter, EMT/Paramedic, or certified emergency manager.

Pilots accepted into the network will partake in mission-critical jobs including those for disaster response, active public safety response and DFR roles; as such, pilots within Skyfire Response Network will be vetted both from a UAS safety standpoint, as well background checked, and subject to more regular training requirements.

“As the industry shifts more towards off-site remote piloting, we feel strongly that having a group of the most elite pilots - especially those that understand public safety - is critical,” said Matt Sloane, Skyfire founder and CEO. “Skyfire has helped more than 600 agencies across the country start UAS programs, and hundreds of people in those agencies are looking to put their skills to work outside of their day jobs. This will become a great opportunity for those people.”

Pilots interested in joining the Skyfire Response Network can find more information by clicking here.

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