4.17.19 - SafeCon 2019

"Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be." - Douglas MacArthur, General


SafeCon 2019 is coming! 


Skyfire and the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) are proud to announce the third annual Safety Conference (previously Skyfire Conference) will be heading to your faces June 5-7 in Pueblo, CO. 

SafeCon 2019 will be unlike anything the public safety world has ever seen. Through an exciting and unique mixture of expert testimony, panel discussions, and hands-on situational training, public safety professionals will get the most immersive emerging technology training experience ever conceived, culminating in a massive integrated exercise on the live SERTC training equipment.

Attendees will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see, touch, and experience the latest public safety technology. From UAS and robotics to software, SafeCon19 is the world’s premier public safety technology conference.

You can check out the first teaser trailer here!

Here's what you need to know:

  1. Skyfire and SERTC are teaming up to melt your faces with the most incredible public safety training conference ever!

  2. Early bird pricing is just $599 for 3 days of technological wizardry, so reserve your spot now.

  3. Did we mention that SERTC crashes trains for a living? No? Well, they do, and while they aren't likely to crash a train at SafeCon, you will get to play with their train derailment training equipment and the latest technology the public safety world has to offer.

Why should you care?

SafeCon 2019 is going to be the largest public safety technology conference of its kind, and you wouldn't want to miss out on that, would you?



DJI Drones to the rescue in Notre Dame fire

There's no way around it. With the blaze a few nights ago in the historic Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris, a huge chunk of history has been lost. It's a terrible tragedy for the people of France, and for history-lovers around the world.

But this huge stage also gave public safety UAS an opportunity to showcase how they can be used in high profile circumstances. According to reports from French officials a DJI Matrice 210 with a Zenmuse XT and a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual were used to help firefighters determine how the fire was spreading and where to position the fire hoses to get the blaze under control.

As the 1000 public safety agencies using drones in the US have seen, UAS can help give officers and firefighters better data about the scenes they're managing, and help save lives, time, and money.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire two nights ago.

  2. Two DJI drones were used to help contain the fire, a DJI Matrice 210 and a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual.

  3. Both were equipped with thermal imaging cameras.

Why should you care?

Aside from the fact that one of the most important Western landmarks is partially destroyed, you should care because drones proved valuable in firefighters' efforts to battle the blaze.


Pierce and Fotokite release new tethered drone


Fire truck manufacturer Pierce has teamed up with Fotokite to deliver the slightly long-titled Pierce Situational Awareness System. It's basically a tethered drone that connects directly to the fire truck, which could eliminate some of the peskier requirements from the FAA (though you'd still need to take a gander at the air space you'd be flying in.

The videos and images look pretty cool, and the combination of a thermal and zoom camera on one autonomously-piloted drone make this a promising looking piece of equipment for the fire rescue biz. Of course, being a tethered drone, it wouldn't be much help in a suspect pursuit or search and rescue application, but for structure fires and single-location emergency scenarios, this could be a game-changer.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. Pierce and Fotokite have teamed up to make a tethered drone that attaches to a fire truck.

  2. It comes with a zoom and thermal camera.

  3. Since it's tethered to a fire truck, it's not much help in search and rescue operations, obvi.

Why should you care?

This is likely to be a tremendous addition to any new fire truck/apparatus purchase for fire departments. If you're already spending a bunch of money on a fire truck, might as well add an airborne thermal camera to the mix.



April 29-30

Bartow County, GA Basic UAS Training

2-day basic training course - $899

May 3-4

Chicago UAS Skills Camp

2-day tactical training camp - $199

May 22-23

NorCal UAS Skills Camp

2-day tactical training camp - $199

June 5-7

The Safety Conference

Presented by SERTC and Skyfire, SafeCon 2019 will be the nation's most comprehensive public safety technology training conference ever. - $599


I mean, I like Mcdonald's as much as the next guy, but this takes it to another level. Officers with the Madera (CA) Police Department responded—alongside paramedics from Pistoresi Ambulance—to a woman who had begun childbirth at a local McDonald's restaurant last week. When they arrived, they quickly determined that the baby was imminently due, and that transport to a nearby hospital was not an option. So, they did what any super heroes would do...they delivered the little McNugget right there in the restaurant. Congrats to the new mother, her baby boy, and the first responders who made it all possible.


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