Partnership to expand public safety drone programmes in the US

If you are a security or public safety professional looking for information on the best practices to make drone technology work better in your industry, then this could be important for you.

American tactical drone manufacturing start-up Brinc has announced that it will be partnering with Skyfire Consulting – an leading advisor on drone solutions for security and public safety – with the aim of establishing best practices for those agencies that have adopted drone-as-first-responder (DFR) programs within their operations.

In the United States where DFR programmes are growing in influence; and where the Brinc-Skyfire partnership will be launched; DFR aim to enhance emergency response by reducing emergency call response time and improving call clearing capabilities.

“The partnership will assist (public safety and security) agencies in obtaining necessary waivers and clearance to launch drone programs, including FAA Certificate of Waiver or Authorisation (COA) approval, as well as best-in-class training,” Brinc said in a statement.

“BRINC in collaboration with Skyfire will provide holistic support for agencies to scale drone initiatives.”

As first responders, drones can be very effective in tactical and safety situations, flying in to assess the situation on the ground before human resources can be deployed.

Actually, Brinc’s flagship Lemur drones were made for specifically this purpose: flying into the unstable wreckage of the Surfside, Florida condo whose side suddenly collapsed early this year, or making a big impact in police tactical surveillance circles, especially in Nevada, where in 2017, a gunman opened machine gun fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, killing several people.

“As first responders seek to improve their day-to-day operations, having access to technology that both increases efficiency and officer safety will play a crucial role in their success,” said Blake Resnick, founder and CEO of BRINC.

“Our partnership with Skyfire is aimed at addressing this need, offering key support to agencies that will fast track the development of drone programs. We’re incredibly excited to work with Skyfire to make this a reality.”

Skyfire offers drone technology consulting services to organisations in the US, with special emphasis in mission specific pilot training, FAA consulting, SOP development, and Drone First Responder (DFR).

In this partnership, the company figures its public safety unmanned aerial systems (UAS) expertise and support for law enforcement organisations will play a crucial role in supporting Brinc’s mission to reduce emergency response times and save lives.

“Drone-as-first-responder is on course to change the way that first responders keep communities safe in the most profound way since the introduction of the police helicopter,” said Matt Sloane, founder and CEO of Skyfire.

“Together with BRINC, we look to set the standard for how these programs operate for every agency across the country, enabling law enforcement and EMS workers to act quickly and decisively in the face of emergent events.”

To further the two partners’ joint missions, Skyfire will continue developing its DFR Village, a dedicated testing, training and demonstration grounds to provide hands-on experience to first responders with cutting edge drone systems.

The company will also host Future Proof UAS, a drone awareness summit in Huntsville, Alabama, between May 8 and 10, that is free to attend for public safety, military and government personnel.


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