Throughout the U.S. and worldwide, first responders launch unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the sky during various types of emergencies and incidents.  These are the DRONERESPONDERS, and our ranks are growing daily as more organizations continue to embrace UAS for public safety missions.

DRONERESPONDERS is a non-profit program created to unite these new aerial first responders, emergency managers, and search and rescue specialists under a unified organization to help learn, train, and test with one another to maximize drone operations for public safety.

The DRONERESPONDERS program is led by Chief Charles Werner (ret.) who serves as the director.  DRONERESPONDERS is an official 501(c)3 non-profit Drones for Good™ program of AIRT, Inc. FREE Resources

Here’s a quick reference on how to access the Resource Center, first you have to join DRONERESPONDERS (it’s free), once a member, click on the Members Tab and click on Resource Center (over 800 documents). 

There you will find folders like (but many more):

      • Starting a new public safety UAS Program
      • Drone as a First Responder (Safety case, CONOPS, privacy, SOPs and more) AND A NEW DFR TEMPLATE
      • New Obstruction Shielding Waiver 
      • New Wildfire BVLOS WAIVER 
      • NIST Standard Test Methods and Test Lanes (with build specs and evaluation forms). 
      • COA Guide (walks you through every step of CAPS)
      • Tactical BVLOS Waiver Template (with 100% success & over 400 departments approved)
      • SOPs and Best Practices
      • Community Outreach Program (customizable for your community) 

To see previous blog/news updates and FAA updates, click on the Learn tab, then select News

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Also be sure your agency is listed in the DRONERESPONDERS Global Public Safety Drone Registry & Map Dashboard to engage in an exciting new network of public safety drone programs to share, collaborate & communicate. Put your agency on the map. Over 1400 agencies participating. 

A map dashboard (partnered with Esri & NASA) that can filter by discipline, state, country and other ways is linked below. 

Here’s a 3 minute survey to add your agency’s info: 

Here is the Map Dashboard to see those already participating (over 1400)

DRONERESPONDERS now has over 8000 members, participation from 88 countries, 500+ international members and over 2.9K followers on Linked In.