PVCC Public Safety Advisory Board Announces Inaugural Board of Advisors

The PVCC Public Safety Advisory Board has been established to review the Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) curriculum and provide expert advice on current industry needs. The Board will meet quarterly and will also provide recommendations for content for PVCC’s Annual National Public Safety UAS Conference.

In recent years, PVCC Workforce Services has established itself as a national leader in public safety UAS training. The inaugural Board of Advisors will contribute to this standing and help shape the program’s future direction.

“Virginia has been a leader in UAS implementation in public safety,” said Valerie Palamountain, Dean of PVCC Workforce Services. “PVCC has an agreement with the Virginia Center for Innovative Technologies to provide public safety UAS training in Virginia, and has a national reputation in training public safety UAS pilots.”

The Board is comprised of:
1.    Facilitator: Chief Charles L. Werner, (Ret.) Charlottesville Fire Department
2.    Deputy Chief Chris Sadler, York County Fire & Life Safety
3.    Lieutenant Michael Roth, Henrico County Division of Fire
4.    Ben Worcester, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office
5.    Captain Paul Helmuth, Harrisonburg Fire Department
6.    Captain Micaiah Ledford, Albemarle County Fire Rescue

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 in UAS technology, operations and integration.  

PVCC also hosts the National Public Safety UAS Conference each year, attracting speakers and attendees from local, state and federal agencies, as well as international UAS organizations. The next conference will be held on March 2-4, 2020, at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia. Learn more at https://www.pvcc.edu/programs/remote-pilot-airman.


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