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.
1/28/2019 - Fire Engineering
On November 29, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released their 2400 Standard for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) used for Public Safety Operations. The three-in-one standard, a first for NFPA, includes a section on creating and operating a drone program, professional qualifications and job performance requirements for pilots and visual observers; and a section on drone maintenance and reporting.
1/25/2019 - CBS 46
Matt Sloane is the CEO of the Atlanta Drone Group. He works with hundreds of police and fire agencies across the country, teaching first responders about the benefits of drones.
“Once you put a drone with a camera attached into the air, it gives you a different perspective on everything,” says Sloane.Read More
1/25/2019 - PoliceOne.com
A key attraction at SHOT Show every year is the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP), which features presentations on the application of technology and training methods, and the latest strategies for successful response and engagement on scene. As part of the session titled Counter Ambush: Care Under Fire, the use of drones for surveillance, tracking and delivery of materials was addressed.