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How Florida Public Safety Agencies Use Drones for Mission-Critical Communications


Christopher Todd, CEM  (Executive Director, AIRT)


Robert Dooley  (UAV Program Coordinator, Florida Highway Patrol)

Anthony Loperfido  (UAS Program Coord., Technical Ops Unit, Miami Beach Police Department)

Rich Gatanis  (UAS Program Coordinator, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District)

Larry Wood  (Lead UAS Remote Pilot, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office)

Location: W240A

Date: Wednesday, March 27

Time: 11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Track: First Responder Communications, Incident Management

Topic: Cybersecurity, Drones, Regulatory, Satellite, Situational Awareness

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Learn how Florida public safety agencies and emergency response organizations are using small, uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS) for incident response and mission-critical communications. Listen directly to first responders from the DRONERESPONDERS Florida Public Safety Coordination Group (FLOGRU) as they discuss use cases and challenges from law enforcement, fire rescue, and disaster response drone operations.

Key takeaways will include a better understanding of Florida law surrounding government drone use, communications challenges facing public safety drone teams in the field, and how to combine drone operations with mobile command posts and other assets to provide improved command and control over incident scenes.