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Charles Werner, Director, DRONERESPONDERS
Chief Charles L. Werner (Emeritus - Ret.), has served 46 years in public safety. Charles served with the Charlottesville VA Fire Dept. as a career firefighter for 37 years, serving the last ten years as fire chief. Following retirement, Chief Werner served for 2 years as senior advisor and acting deputy state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Chief Werner has served in numerous local, state and national leadership roles including chair - DHS SAFECOM Executive Committee, chair - IAFC Technology Council, chair - National Information Sharing Consortium, chair - DHS/White House Incident Management Information Sharing SubCommittee, co-chair - DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Advisory Board, chair - NFPA 2400 Technical Committee on Public Safety UAS (2400), chair - Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, President - Virginia Fire Chiefs Association (2010), the Board of the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation, on the Governing Board - National Public Safety Telecommunications Council and served on the original FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee. Chief Werner presently serves as the director of DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance, chair of the National Council on Public Safety UAS, member - International Public Safety Association UAS Committee, chair - Virginia Secure Commonwealth UAS Sub Panel, FAA certified Remote Pilot, Virginia Fire Chiefs Technology Advisor, the Association of American Railroads Public Safety Rail Advisory Committee and the IAFC Technology Council. Chief Werner is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine, a contributor to Urgent Communications, Domestic Preparedness Magazine, sUAS News, FireRescue1, Editorial Board - Crisis Response Journal, Editorial Advisor - Carolina Fire & EMS Journal, Industrial Fire World Magazine, Homeland Security Today Magazine and other publications with a combination of over 500 nationally published articles, webinars, podcasts and national presentations.