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Disaster Response Drone Training Learn how to be of assistance with your sUAS in a disaster or emergency while ensuring compliance with federal, state and local restrictions. This multi-section online course teaches you what you need to know to properly deploy your sUAS in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster.

5 Online Modules | 4 Webinars | 5+ Hours of Content

$ 299.00

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A disaster strikes - how can you help as a Part 107 drone pilot?

A disaster zone can be chaotic, and oftentimes lives are at stake. You want to make sure that your ‘assistance’ is actually helping, rather than causing a distraction that pulls first responders away from their primary mission. Drones can be a huge asset in a disaster response, but they need to be deployed knowledgeably, legally, and in cooperation with public safety assets.

Our Disaster Response Drone Training is an interactive online course that will provide a clear path to understand the challenges of a disaster zone, vital operational factors, the Incident Command structure, equipment considerations, clearance to fly, coordination efforts, ways to help, and more.

This online course is ideal for drone pilots:

  • Aiding in search and rescue efforts
  • Conducting damage inspections for an insurance company
  • Inspecting critical infrastructure
  • Capturing footage for a broadcast media network 

*This course does not include Part 107 exam prep. Flying for a disaster response mission requires a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot License.

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Disaster Response Drone Training

Course Curriculum

  • Lesson 1
    Understanding Emergency Management

    • Type and magnitude of a disaster
    • Emergency management efforts
    • Phases of the emergency response process
    • Roles of local, state, and federal governments
    • Process for disaster declaration
    • Structure of incident command system
    • Effective UAV utilization for each phase
  • Lesson 2
    Webinar: Safety and Coordination in Disaster Response efforts

    • Types of disasters
    • Sudden events and expected events
    • First hours on scene
    • UAS Pilot Response
    • Case Study: Hurricane Irma
    • A helicopter's perspective
    • Importance of communication
  • Lesson 3
    UAV Applications

    • Pre-disaster applications
    • Disaster response applications
    • Recovery applications
    • Earthquakes
    • Fires
    • Floods
    • Manmade disasters
    • Hurricanes
    • Weather Events
    • Assistance in emergencies and disasters
    • Training to build capabilities
    • Preparation plan
  • Lesson 4
    Webinar: Disaster Response Operations

    • Real-world disaster response UAV operations
    • Case Study: Mapping for Inspections Following Hurricane Irma
    • Case Study: Search and Rescue Operations During Hurricane Matthew
    • Lessons learned and key takeaways
  • Lesson 5
    Selecting Equipment

    • Advantages and disadvantages of multi-rotor aircraft
    • Advantages and disadvantages of fixed wing aircraft
    • Advantages and disadvantages of helicopters
    • Advantages and disadvantages of hybrid aircraft
    • EO sensors
    • FLIR sensors
    • Chemical detectors
    • Other payloads
  • Lesson 6
    Building Partnerships

    • Volunteering for building skills
    • Building relationships
    • Volunteering for county and state agencies
    • Volunteering internationally
    • Best practices while volunteering
    • Requirements for contracting with FEMA
    • Finding contracts based on emergency management phase
    • Other organizations involved in disaster response efforts
    • Importance of NIMS training
    • Useful waivers during disaster response
  • Lesson 7
    Webinar: Drone Operation Partnerships

    • How to work with agencies, organizations, corporations
    • Coordinating with Incident Command
    • Checking-In at an Incident
    • Incident supervisor and initial briefing
    • Incident command post
    • Check-out and demobilization
    • FAA TFR Memo after Hurricane Irma
    • FEMA's Remote PIC Position ICS Training Requirements
  • Lesson 8
    Flight Factors and Planning

    • Data requirements impact on flight profiles and altitude
    • Organization data privacy and security policies
    • Flight profiles
    • FAA weather minimums
    • Weather assessment
    • Sources of weather information
    • Site Assessment
    • Hazards and conditions unique to emergency and disaster areas
    • Roles and responsibilities of crew members
    • Crew management
    • Stressors
    • Ways to prevent stress among crew members
  • Lesson 9
    Webinar: Preparing For Disaster Response Operations

    • How to prepare for disaster response missions
    • Understanding weather
    • Manmade hazards
    • Travel preparations
    • Equipment and backups
    • Communicating with Incident Command
    • Personal health and safety
    • UAV pilot safety tips

Start using your UAV to aid in disaster response.

Sign up now to activate your online account and gain instant access to all five modules and four webinars: Understanding Emergency Management, Safety and Coordination in Disaster Response Efforts (webinar), UAV Applications, Disaster Response Operations (webinar), Selecting Equipment, Building Partnerships, Drone Operation Partnerships (webinar), Flight Planning and Factors, and Preparing for Disaster Response Operations (webinar).

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Designed by Top Developers & Disaster Response Experts

Our team of curriculum developers worked closely with our expert flight instructors to design this comprehensive Disaster Response Drone Training course. Our highly qualified public safety instructors have flown in support of numerous disaster response efforts and understand the vital factors that can make or break this type of operation.

Roger Hall

25+ year member of Fire Rescue team, Hazmat & dive rescue teams.

Mike Uleski

Commercial pilot certificate with single engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings.

Our Nationwide Network of Expert Flight Instructors

Meet a few DARTdrones Flight Instructors who are all manned and unmanned pilots with over 11,000 hours of drone training experience.

Your questions. Our answers.

How long will it take to complete the Disaster Response Drone Training course?

DARTdrones Disaster Response Drone Training course is an online learning program that can be completed on your own time and at your own pace. The complete course is 5+ hours of content. However, you will get 6 months access to this material.

Will I be able to fly for a disaster response mission after completing this course?

This course will give you a clear path for assisting disaster response missions. Upon course completion, you will know how to get started, who to contact, which UAV applications to utilize, vitals flight factors and planning, how to select the proper equipment and more.

*This course does not include Part 107 exam prep. Flying for a disaster response mission requires a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot License.

Does this course only consist of video content?

The Disaster Response Drone Training course includes videos, interactive online modules, webinars and a disaster response quiz.

When will I be able to access this course?

Once you register, you will receive instant access to the complete online course. You can access the course at any time.


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