PVCC drone program receives national recognition

Charles Werner speaking at podium

The National Council on Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems recently awarded PVCC a commendation for its leadership in drone operation training for emergency responders. Charles L. Werner, Chair of National Council, presented the award to Valerie Palamountain, PVCC’s Dean of Workforce Services, at the third annual National Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Conference.

“PVCC’s National Public Safety UAS Conference is truly one of the best in the world. The conference brings in the best instructors combined with exceptional vendors. This conference continues to evolve by bringing in the relevant curriculum and demonstrations to continually advance public safety unmanned aircraft systems,” said Werner.

The conference was held at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia, from March 4 - 6. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam welcomed public safety professionals from across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan. The 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.

“We are honored to be recognized by the National Council on Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems. PVCC seeks to continue the momentum with our conference and training programs into the future. We recognize that emergency responders must stay current in an ever-changing public safety environment,” said Dean Palamountain.

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.