A dozen team members from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) recently completed training for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) drone technology in emergency response.
The three-day training took place at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near La Canada Flintridge from Sunday, March 31 to Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
LACoFD personnel from various divisions participated in the hands-on training, including Lifeguard, Health Hazardous Materials, Urban Search and Rescue and Homeland Security.
The Department hired Drone Tech to train the pilots on how to safely operate drones. The group learned how to fly during the day and night, in light and dark conditions, as well as proper flying communication. By successfully completing the training, they are now approved to fly for the Department.
In May, the pilots will put their new skills to the test when they participate in the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority training. This training is a simulated hazardous materials scenario and will allow first responders to practice safety techniques without being in a real emergency.