PVCC hosts third national public safety drone conference in March

PVCC sign with drone flying

PVCC’s Third Annual Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Conference will be held at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia, from Monday, March 4, through Wednesday, March 6. This national conference brings together leading experts in law enforcement, public safety, search and rescue, emergency services and disaster relief who have integrated drones into their operations.

With the maturation of drones in the public safety field, new questions are posed, such as how to manage shared air space? Other topics to be explored at the conference include jurisdiction interoperations, data use and updates to laws governing drone use.

The three-day conference will include workshops, breakout sessions, networking events and disaster and response scenario demonstrations. Presenters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Land Management’s National Aviation Office and other public safety agencies will be in attendance.

“This conference is a premier event attracting all disciplines of public safety from across the nation to learn the many opportunities and challenges surrounding the use and threat of unmanned aerial systems,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran in a welcome letter.

Past conferences brought together federal, state and local agencies, technology vendors, as well as attendees from all over the U.S. and as far as Europe and Canada. Several UAS technology companies including FlyMotion Unmanned Systems, Pix4d, Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems and others will be on-site to demonstrate during the event.

“With the high caliber of professionals attending each year, the Conference has become one of the top forums in the country. The peer-to-peer discussion is particularly valuable and can even influence future policy, “said Valerie Palamountain, Dean of PVCC Workforce Services.

Cost to attend the conference is $249 per person. Fee includes all meals during the three-day event and access to all training exercises, classes, product demonstrations and networking events. Seats are limited with preference given to public safety, fire, rescue, law enforcement and other emergency or disaster response members or affiliated organizations.

Public safety professionals may register for the 2019 Public Safety UAS Conference at www.pvcc.edu/uasconference. For questions, please contact uasconference@pvcc.edu or 434.961.5354.

About the PVCC UAS Program
PVCC launched its UAS program in 2015 and became the first college in the nation to receive a certificate of authorization from the FAA to conduct research and development of small, unmanned aerial systems for public safety in 2016. The college held its first class for first responders in 2016, setting the standard for training programs across the country. Since its inception, PVCC has trained over 250 individuals and more than a dozen agencies, including federal, state and local personnel, in UAS technology, operations and integration. Learn more at www.pvcc.edu/uas.

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