The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued a free and engaging online training program to help more than 29,000 firefighters in the United States improve existing public safety drone programs and implement new drone initiatives.
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), or drones, have made a rapid transition from hobbyist toys to serious rescue tools in recent years. Recognizing that drones can support public safety preparedness efforts and complement emergency response tactics, fire departments across the country are expanding their use of viable drone technology. The transformation underway is likely to improve public safety outcomes, while presenting new challenges for both fire service drone program administrators and fire personnel tasked with exploiting these aerial technologies.
“Drones provide fire departments with increased situational awareness benefits during structural and forest firefighting attacks, search and rescue missions, HAZMAT assessments and disaster response. natural. And they can also effectively augment public safety planning efforts, ”said Christian Dubay, PE, NFPA vice president and chief engineer. “But to be safe and effective, it is important that fire departments’ drone programs are built in accordance with FAA regulations, regional rules and guidelines contained in NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used in Public Safety Operations. “
The new NFPA eLearning is designed to provide recommendations and best practices for fire departments to take their drone programs to the next level.
The four-hour self-paced modules with interactive videos, immersive virtual reality tools, and other dynamic components are designed to help first responders grasp and remember important drone safety information.
The new training and related content, which has been curated to help administrators and fire service operators create, manage and maintain drone programs synchronized with the appropriate public safety protocols, is available at nfpa.org/ drones. The development of the training was made possible by a FEMA Grant for Fire Prevention and Safety.
This latest online training offering for fire departments was led by the NFPA Emerging Technologies team who have produced other beneficial virtual education solutions in recent years on the potential risks of firefighting. emergency such as energy storage systems (ESS), alternative / electric vehicles (AFV / EV), and flammable refrigerants.
Visit nfpa.org/drones for free online training for fire service administrators and drone operators.
Watch the short video created by the NFPA to spread awareness of the new drone training program:
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