6.14.19 - That's Hot!

"This is the best tool we've gotten since the fire hose." - Matt Sloane, CEO of Skyfire


Drones, trains, and automobiles!


We’re just getting our heads back in the game after last week’s stellar three-day drone training exercise at SafeCon! You may have heard us mention it once or twice…!? Close to 100 fire and police drone pilots from around the country came together at SERTC and tackled everything from flaming trains to zombies (yep -- you heard THAT right!). Thanks to all our sponsors and partners who helped make it happen. And of course a big thanks to our gracious hosts at SERTC! Didn’t make it this year? Don’t worry — CBS This Morning has a closer look at what went down.

You can RSVP for next year so you don’t miss out on the fun

What you need to know:

  1. Skyfire and SERTC teamed up to put on the most incredible public safety training conference EVERRR!

  2. We believe in hands-on learning and were thrilled to set up so many scenarios where drone pilots could get actual stick time.

  3. Check out the inside look of what we were up to by viewing CBS This Morning’s piece!

Why should you care?

Training in disaster scenarios is obviously the best way to be prepared and we don’t want you to miss this opportunity next time! 





Drone with parachute allowed to fly over people


If you follow the industry closely then you already know it’s nearly impossible to get a Part 107 waiver which allows you to fly over people. So this is pretty big news! The FAA has just given a construction company in Colorado permission to fly their Phantom, equipped with a parachute, over actual humans! The best part? The FAA says it is open to collaborating with other companies with similar initiatives so long as they meet their outlined standards.

What you need to know:

  1. Part 107 is the FAA’s rule that regulates small unmanned aircraft.

  2. You have to have a special waiver to fly over people under Part 107 (which is nearly impossible to get, by the way).

  3. A Colorado construction company has received permission to do it using their DJI Phantom drone which has a parachute. 

Why should you care?

This is a reeeeally hard waiver to get. But guess what? If you operate under a COA then you really don’t have to care because here’s a fun fact: public safety agencies operating under a COA during an emergency already have this waiver! What’s that you say!? You don’t have a COA and need to know more!? Don’t worry -- we’ve got you covered.

Give us a call!





Drone used to monitor volcanoes


You know what we love most about drones? Sending them -- not us -- straight into the path of destruction. Whether it's an active shooter situation, a hazmat spill or, you know, a volcanic eruption. We don’t have any volcanoes at our territory here at Skyfire’s Atlanta HQ, so it was really cool to see folks at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory deploying drones during last year’s eruption of Kilauea. They used manned aircraft, of course, but drones gave them that extra bit of intelligence that takes their response to the next level. They were able to identify where new lava breakouts were most likely to occur and more strategically evacuate residents.

They also used thermal imaging and mounted gas sensors!

What you need to know:

  1. Drones were deployed in Hawaii during the eruption of Kīlauea last year.

  2. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory used thermal cameras, gas sensors, and basic video imaging to gather data they wouldn’t have had access to before.

  3. Drone intelligence lead the successful evacuation (and possibly saved a life) of a local resident!

What should you care?

If you like fires then chances are you probably think volcanoes are pretty cool. And if you think volcanoes are cool, then how freaking awesome is it they’re using drones to save people from lava and stuff!?





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Drone helps in the rescue of stranded kayakers


Hey look! Our buddy Jeff Kleven with the Fremont Fire Department in California! These guys are trailblazers in the field and we spotted them chatting about their program (14 drones strong!) and how they use tech to make their jobs safer. Jeff also tackled some tough questions about privacy. Check out the story here!


Alright friends -- that’s all we’ve got for this week! Go blow off a little steam this weekend!

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