The FAA has paved the way for expanded use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones, in commercial, public safety, agriculture, and many other applications. As of early 2019, there are 2,241 jobs that include the keyword "drone" within the United States on Indeed.com—a testament to the increasing popularity of the technology and the adoption of drones in the marketplace.

Drones have unique applications in public safety situations. Drones can give personnel ‘eyes and ears on the ground’ during scenarios that would be impenetrable or life-threatening to personnel. This technology has the potential to extend and expand public safety team’s abilities while improving the safety of everyone involved in an emergency.

"Many 911 and emergency organizations are buying drones without investing in training. Only to express at a later date that they should have investigated the application of drones a bit more,” shared Bob Giuliani, Drone Training Instructor at Mid Michigan College. "That's what this training does—helps emergency organizations and first-responders choose the right drone and plan for its effective use.”

Mid’s Intro to Drones for Public Safety Personnel is a 24-hour comprehensive training focused on providing participants with hands-on experiences that help them translate the potential of drones into action. Participants receive information regarding the impact of drones in the public safety sector, data to facilitate informed decisions during the planning stage of drone implementation, and the ability to maximize their return on investment in a drone program.

Mid’s Intro to Drones for Public Safety Personnel training begins March 26 at DTE Renewable Energy Center in Bad Axe. For three consecutive weeks, training takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm and costs $1,980 per participant. Trainees receive flight simulator software and a quadcopter with camera.

A second training begins March 25 at the Public Safety Building in Clare. Training takes place Monday, Tuesday, and Friday the week of March 25 from 8am-4pm and costs $1,980 per participant. Trainees receive flight simulator software and a quadcopter with camera.

For more information about this upcoming training or to register, visit midmich.edu/short-term-training, or contact Mid’s Technical Education Center at training@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6614.

 
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