More than 500 students in New York State trained in use of UAS for public safety operations

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that more than 500 students have been trained in the use of UAS for public safety operations at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oneida County, New York. 

This milestone was reached in April during the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ UAS Awareness workshop, which is one of four courses offered on UAS operations. The other courses offered are the UAS Part 107 Preparation Course, the UAS Basic Operator Course, and the UAS Advanced Operator Course.

The courses are designed to help educate public safety officials and first responders on how to integrate UAS into their public safety operations.

“Through strategic and nation-leading investments in the development of drone systems, New York State has made great strides in implementing this technology into the state's public safety operations,” Governor Cuomo says.

“The trainings available at our world-class State Preparedness Training Center equip first responders with an expanded ability to assess emergency situations and fine-tune operations and response plans like never before.”

Public safety officials and first responders are offered the UAS training courses free of charge. The courses are taught by a team of instructors from the State Preparedness Training Center, the National Center for Security & Preparedness, and the New York State Department of Environment Conservation.

“Going forward, more and more public safety professionals will utilize unmanned aircraft systems to protect the public as they greatly enhance our operational capabilities in several areas such as search and rescue, damage assessment, and fire investigations,” says Patrick A. Murphy, acting commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

“The drone training program provided at New York's world-class Preparedness Training Center equips first responders with the skills and education necessary to perform these potentially lifesaving operations.”

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services expects to train several hundred more operators by 2020.

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