4/20/2019 - VentureBeat
“I have my group of people laughing about it on the internet, but I’ve done my homework, and the idea is to use a fleet of drones — thousands of them working in a constant chain that are continually going and fighting — in collaboration with other drones that collect data and low Earth orbit satellites. This is what I really am excited about, and I’m seeing the pieces from different industries coming together to create that type of solution,” he said.
4/20/2019 - VentureBeat
4/17/2019 - UAV Expert News
The Chula Vista Police Department has started using drones to respond to calls, as part of a Federal Aviation Administration program. While police departments have already used drones as part of investigations after a crime has occurred, this program sends a drone out ahead of officers while the crime may still be in progress; officers use that footage to decide how to approach the situation.
4/16/2019 - DroneDJ
Last night, a massive fire destroyed the roof and spire of the Norte Dame in Paris. DJI drones helped firefighters put out the inferno. French firefighters used the drones, likely a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and an M210 borrowed from the culture and interior ministries, to aid them in tackling the blaze.
3/29/2019 - AOPA
On March 21, Skyfire Consulting, a drone services and training company created by Matt Sloane and certificated flight instructor Ben Kroll, announced FAA approval of the first authorization to fly drones for emergency response beyond the pilot’s line of sight. That was a significant step forward for a police “drone as first responder” program that is among 10 collaborations around the country involving local and tribal governments and drone industry leaders chosen by the FAA and Department of Transportation to demonstrate advanced missions and applications for drones.
3/21/2019 - PRNewswire
Skyfire Consulting, the country's premier public safety UAV consultancy, announced today FAA approval for the first active emergency response Certificate of Authorization with a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) provision for public safety as part of the FAA's IPP program.
3/18/2019 - Robotics Business Review
The first-ever authorization for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for a public safety organization has been granted to the Chula Vista, Calif., Police Department. The police department has been working closely with the FAA, Cape, and Skyfire Consulting to finalize the COA, “which will open the doors for future drone integration across industries.”
2/21/2019 - TheBigRedGuide.com
Drones are an important new tool for the fire service and have already proven their ability to save lives. Willingness to embrace drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs]) for fire applications varies widely by department, and it’s not just larger departments that are making the investment. Some smaller departments are investing in drones in a big way, even as some larger departments are reticent.
2/6/2019 - DroneBelow
Most of the attention on drones around the NFL Championship Game in Atlanta has been focused on the dozen or so drone operators snagged by the FBI for illegally flying ahead of the big game. But drones were also being used to help secure the very same event.
2/4/2019 - AOPA.COM
Days before Intel launched its Shooting Star drone formation to spell out “ONE” and “LOVE” during Maroon 5’s performance of She Will Be Loved, Skyfire Consulting co-founder Matt Sloane led a team of pilots to a rooftop near the stadium to set up overwatch with a tethered DJI quadcopter. It might not have been the most exciting kind of flying, but it was another validation that for all the trouble drones can cause (notably, disrupting operations at major airports in recent weeks), they’re also valuable tools to law enforcement and security agencies.
12/3/17 - Spectrum News - Hudson Valley
Fisch's company works with emergency services personnel to outfit them with new technology. He partnered with Skyfire technology to conduct a drone flight school at Cronomer Valley Firestation in the town of Newburgh and show them the possibilities of the technology in the field — and their use in big emergencies, like fires.
9/4/17 - 11 Alive News
11Alive spent some time with Dan Parker, a pilot for the Atlanta Drone Group.
"We do work in film and T.V.," he said. "We do live broadcasting for news." Parker is a licensed commercial drone pilot. "As someone who wants to do this correctly and legally, seeing people do things somewhat rogue and against the rules and, uh, dangerous - it's frowned upon," he said.
9/1/17 - AOPA.com
“We actually flew in the eye,” recalled Ben Kroll ofSkyFire Consulting, a drone services company hired by The Weather Channel to accompany Jim Cantore (who is a fan of robotics, andserved as master of ceremoniesat the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Xponential 2017 conference in Dallas) for live coverage of Hurricane Irma’s U.S. landfall on Sept. 10.
8/28/17 - CNBC
Fire departments have a new tool at their disposal in determining the fastest way to put out a fire: drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles are being sent to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help first responders in their rescue efforts.
7/19/17 - Akron News Reporter
In the right place at the right time. That was the exact circumstance for Dusty Birge on a hot July afternoon, nearly two weeks ago. Birge was a passing motorist after a train sparked a fire July 6 just east of Otis, and igniting several fires to nearly Platner.
7/12/2017 - Akron News Reporter
During the efforts to contain the fire, a passing motorist, Dusty Birge of SkyFire Consulting and UAV Recon, stopped to ask the AVFD if he could use his drone to assist in locating hot spots. Akron crews quickly obliged, and the drone, equipped with a thermal imaging camera, was used to check for hot spots after the fire was fully contained.
7/3/17 - Cinemizeroled.com
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6/29/17 - Advantagenews.com
“Ultimately, its resources are endless,” Detective Jared Fravell of the Investigations Division said. “It’s just an extension of law enforcement itself.” One of the department’s six pilots, Patrol Deputy Darren Onwiler, demonstrated the drone’s payload capability as he steered it to an officer in a pickup truck and dropped a life jacket. Onwiler also maneuvered the drone near a utility tower and zoomed in for a close-up view of bolts as he operated the machine from a screen-equipped controller.
6/16/17 - Newsweek
Sloane, of Skyfire Consulting, which has worked with 45 fire and police departments, says he understands those worries. “We definitely see some of that resistance, as far as privacy is concerned, on the law-enforcement side,” he says. “One of the things that we tell our clients right at the beginning is get public support on this.” He adds, “There is a lot less controversy when it comes to fire departments, because I think everybody realizes that the fire department is there to help.”
5/1/17 - aopa.org
“I had literally just gotten a Phantom 2 the day before,” Sloane recalled in a telephone interview, referring to the popular, small quadcopter made by DJI that helped create a consumer unmanned aircraft systems industry. After the program, four fire chiefs approached Sloane asking for help integrating unmanned aircraft into their emergency response arsenal. Sloane got hold of his friend Ben Kroll, a CFI and Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot with thousands of hours logged.
5/31/17 - Lamorinda Weekly
The UAV, an Inspire 1 model manufactured by SZ DJI Technology Company was purchased with a recent $10,000 gift from RESCUE ONE Foundation. The drone was outfitted with two swap-out upgrades: a high-resolution camera and a FLIR infrared camera. The drone can carry a payload of two pounds, making it capable of ferrying a small first aid kit or portable radio to a victim who can't be reached from the ground.