Advanced UAS Flight Operations on a Multiagency Incident


September 21 - 09:00 am


September 22 - 04:00 pm

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NC Public Safety Drone Academy - Montgomery Community College


Wake Forest Fire Department

420 E. Elm Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Wake Forest, NC, US, 27587

Real-world flight operations are significantly different than just flying with your own department on a training flight. These real-world situations can be technically challenging, scene challenging, and unless you are ready you will be set up for failure.

When more than one public service agency is involved in an incident it creates a collision of department policies, approaches, and how an incident is handled.

This class will give you the skills you need to walk into a multiagency incident and give you the best shot at success and achieving the mission at hand.

Good teamwork begins with good communication and a common incident command structure to work from. So in this class, we are going to take you from the ground up and give you a process to follow that can be applied to any multi-agency event.

The basic foundation is to understand a standardized approach to incident command. The Incident Command System (ICS) a common approach used across the United States to help responders from multiple agencies to be effective.

Battalion Chief Ed Barrett is an experienced emergency management and ICS professional and he will teach you the skills you need for an effective scene command structure and communications.

Chief Barrett is also experienced in implementing drone operations with the incident scene so he will continue his training out to the field where you will be flying hands-on scenarios.

Steve Rhode is the NC Public Safety Drone Academy and Wake Forest Fire Department Chief Pilot and he will give you instruction on how to plan an effective mission before you ever get in the air. Steve is one of the highest time public safety UAS pilots in NC.

Following the classroom instruction, you will be broken into teams and get outside to fly real-world scenario missions guided by Steve and Chief Barrett.

On the second day, you will fly additional scenarios and more skills will be taught to help you become more effective in a chaotic environment.

Students with Part 107 certifications should absolutely bring their aircraft to fly like they would for a real incident. COA pilots may not be able to fly unless supervised by a Part 107 certificated pilot since flight operations may not qualify as a public aircraft operation covered by a COA.

Students should be prepared to deal with new and stressful situations during this class. We can’t teach you how to deal with the obstacles you will face in the real world unless we push you to learn to adapt and overcome with an effective total process to give you the best chance of incident scene success.

The ultimate goal of this class is to turn public safety pilots who are more lucky than good into professional pilots who are more good than lucky.

There is no charge for this class for North Carolina based public safety students. If you are not a North Carolina based public safety person, you can still enroll but you will need to coordinate fees with Riley Beaman, the Director of the NC Public Safety Drone Academy. Riley can be reached at

This class should absolutely not be missed by those who want to be professional public safety UAS pilots and aviators.

Space is limited.