While many use drones as a hobby or a photography tool, the devices are becoming important assets to police and firefighters and can be used to detect criminals, assess wildfires and perform rescues with increased safety and efficiency.
This week, a group of students gathered at the RELLIS Campus to take one of three classes offered yearly by the Texas AM Engineering Extension Service on the small unmanned aircraft systems, or sUAS. The courses prepare the students to pass their Federal Aviation Administration licensing exam; once first responders are trained and then licensed through the FAA, they’re certified to use drones for a wide variety of situations.
“From a law enforcement aspect, I can use the drone for the mapping of crime scenes, traffic crashes, situational awareness, etc.,” said TEEX training manager Kyle McNew. “Say, for instance, if I have tactical call. It might be useful for me to use a drone